Without intending to scare you, we read this article reporting the results of a survey conducted across the UK which asked 2000 people if they would be requesting that their personal information to be edited or removed by businesses holding it and the findings are pretty clear – yes they will!
71% said they would definitely or possibly make the request and only 8% said no.
With over 52.6 m people living in the UK, this could result in 37.3m requests which is quite a daunting prospect!
Mat Phillips, managing director of Cardiff based IT support company RedTree IT is advising businesses that they will need to incorporate procedures to accommodate for these requests as part of their overall GDPR compliance planning process.
He said, “We are working with our clients providing advice and actions to ensure the data they hold will be safe and secure in accordance with the new regulations. We are also advising that they will need to have a plan in place including assigning specific individuals who will have the responsibility of actioning ‘right to be forgotten’
requests which for some companies will be a time consuming process and one that if not planned for could result in requests slipping through the net and resulting in breaches of compliance.”
“The headline figures reported in the survey may well not be that high once GDPR becomes live but nonetheless, businesses should plan for all eventualities. There is no need to panic but be warned and most importantly be prepared."
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