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New data protection regulations rank as biggest concern for East Anglian businesses in 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest concern for businesses across the East of England in 2018 according to a recent poll by law firm, Prettys.

GDPR, which comes into force in May 2018, includes stricter rules about the security and use of personal data and involves tougher punishments for businesses that fail to comply. However, despite over 50% of attendees citing it as the biggest issue facing their business, over a third have still not started making any preparations for the changes.

Brexit was named as the second biggest issue for businesses, with 20% particularly concerned about the uncertainty around legal precedents once the UK leaves the EU.

Matthew Cole, partner and employment law expert at Prettys commented; “The implementation of GDPR will be essential for all organisations in 2018. This is the biggest change in data protection law in 20 years, and there are still many businesses that haven’t started to prepare themselves. It is imperative that businesses, whatever their size, are prepared when the new rules come into place.” 

The survey, which took place at Prettys’ recent Business Academy event, also looked into the issues facing HR teams in 2018. The top three concerns were identified as sickness and incapacity (28%), followed by misconduct (23%) and recruitment (21%).

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