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Businesses risking GDPR penalties by not wiping the memory from old IT equipment

DESPITE GDPR legislation having come into effect over four months ago, the majority of UK businesses are now risking penalties by failing to adhere to some of the rules.

According to a survey of 1,002 UK workers in full or part-time employment, carried out by Probrand.co.uk, the majority (68%) of businesses have failed to wipe the data from IT equipment they have disposed of in the two months following GDPR.

This news is perhaps less surprising given the research also found that 70% of businesses do not have an official process or protocol for disposing of obsolete IT equipment.

What’s more, 66% of workers admit they wouldn’t even know who to approach in their company in order to correctly dispose of old or unusable equipment.

Worryingly, according to the data, transportation businesses – many of which will have customer and client addresses and contact information on their systems – are the most guilty of this.

72% of these types of businesses have been guilty of this in the months following GDPR.

Businesses within sales and marketing (62%) – many of whom will also have access to public data – were the second most guilty of this.

Matt Royle, marketing director at Probrand.co.uk commented: “Given the amount of publicity around GDPR it is arguably impossible to be unaware or misunderstand the basics of what is required for compliance.  So, it is startling to discover just how many businesses are failing to both implement and follow some of the simplest data protection practices.

“The fines involved in a GDPR breach can potentially run into the millions – and what appear to be less tangible impactors, like reputational damage, customer trust and loyalty, will ultimately become financially significant.

“Given these findings, it is clear that more needs to be done to ensure that all businesses have a disposal procedure in place to avoid inadvertently leaking sensitive data.”

The top 10 industries which are most guilty of not clearing the memory of IT equipment before it is disposed of:

  1. Transportation – 72%
  2. Sales and marketing – 62%
  3. Manufacturing – 59%
  4. Utilities – 58%
  5. Retail – 57%
  6. Education – 54%
  7. Leisure and travel – 49%
  8. Healthcare and hospitality – 45%
  9. Trades / administration – 44%
  10. Information and communication – 39%

Probrand is the UK’s first marketplace for business IT, providing IT Products, managed IT services and IT solutions. Find out more at www.marketplace.probrand.co.uk.

About Probrand

A Top 100 UK VAR with 25-years’ heritage, Probrand provides IT products, cloud services, managed IT services and IT solutions.

Focused on taking the hassle out of IT procurement, Probrand has put digital at the heart of its business. Its CIPS accredited online marketplace openly connects 40,000 registered IT buyers with 2,500 brands and vendors. Users can access additional support from dedicated sector and technical specialists in an environment personalised to them.

The business has more than 15-years’ experience delivering award winning managed IT services and over 1,000 IT solutions annually to private and public sector organisations. Find out more at www.Probrand.co.uk.

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