Only 44% of charities have heard of GDPR

According to a survey released by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport last week, less than half of the charities asked have heard of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force this May.

The Cyber Security Breaches Survey, which measures how well UK businesses and charities approach cyber security, found that of the 44% of charities which are aware, only 26% have taken any steps to address the changes. Its worrying to see that so many charities aren’t even aware of the regulations, let alone preparing for them, given GDPR will be law in less than 4 months’ time.

At Moore Stephens, we’ve been issuing regular updates to our clients and blogging on the topic to ensure as many people as possible are making the right preparations. We’ve been highlighting the key things you’ll need to consider in order to achieve successful compliance with the new rules.

And, as we’ve said before, charities in particular are set to be high on the radar of the Independent Commissioner’s Office (ICO) so, with potentially catastrophic fines and possible criminal investigations as well as the reputational damage that could be caused, you need to start addressing your situation before it’s too late.

If you don’t even know where to start to check whether your charity is GDPR-compliant or you want an independent review of your current data protection processes and systems, contact our Head of Privacy and GDPR specialist, Chris Beveridge, to discuss how we can support you.

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