Many companies are already at risk
of infringing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
less than two months after it came into force. Smaller
businesses, in particular, are struggling to consolidate
unstructured data and don’t have clear or defined
retention policies in place.
GDPR consultant Neil Aremband said that a
lot of companies are struggling with unstructured data and this
becomes a particular problem because it becomes difficult to
consolidate all of it.
"For many companies, retention policies
are not defined or clear and have not been communicated
effectively," he said. "Data is also still being held longer
Companies either don’t understand or are
surprised by the amount of unnecessary data they hold, which
provides a big risk and increases the chances of a data breach.
On the day GDPR came into force, Facebook, Google, Instagram
and WhatsApp were subject to complaints filed to the
Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) from