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Brexit has Massive Impact on EU General Data Protection Regulation

Almost 20% of healthcare organisations have cancelled preparations for EU General Data Protection Regulation because of Brexit

The regulation, which has been in the pipeline for some years, is designed to harmonise data protection regulation throughout Europe and provide citizens with more control over their personal data.

It has been ratified by the UK and is due to come into force in May 2018; almost certainly before Britain completes its exit from Europe, despite the recent triggering of Article 50.

However a survey of IT decision makers in healthcare by information management experts Crown Records Management has revealed some shocking results.

The research demonstrated that:

  • 18% have cancelled all preparations because of Brexit.
  • 27% think the regulation will not apply to UK business after Brexit.
  • 9% don’t even have plans for staff training on data protection.

John Culkin, Director of Information Management at Crown Records Management, believes the results are alarming.

“For so many organisations and Trusts in the healthcare sector to be cancelling preparations is a big concern because this regulation is going to affect the industry in a big way. Firstly, it is likely to be in place before any Brexit. Secondly, although an independent Britain would no longer be a signatory it will still apply to all businesses which handle the personal information of European citizens.”

By David Fathers

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