UK businesses stand to benefit from understanding how they can prepare for potential EU data protection reforms. The EU is currently reviewing the European Data Protection framework in order to ensure that European law is fit for purpose for the digital era. In particular, officials will seek to safeguard individuals’ fundamental rights as their data is used in ever more diverse ways. Fines of up to 2% of global turnover are proposed for companies breaching the new legislation.
More than 50% of UK organisations across private and public sectors are failing to comply with the EU Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications by not being clear enough with web visitors about cookies, new research from KPMG reveals. This figure has dropped from 80% in 2012, but still represents a fairly poor response to the legislation.