GDPR: companies at risk over unstructured data

Author: Olly Jackson | Published: 13 Jul 2018

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 than necessary."

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 European...