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Directors in the dark on Data Protection obligations

Over half of Britain's directors are unaware of the impact of the 1998 Data Protection Act on their business or the fact that the Act comes into force on March 1, according to research by The Stationery Office.

TSO’s research also revealed that 45% of companies questioned had not nominated a Data Protection Officer while 27% also had no-one who specifically dealt with IT legal compliance issues – one of the key aspects of the 1998 Data Protection Act. Only 3% planned to have someone in the near future.

This latest research follows The Stationery Office’s survey last July, which revealed that UK directors’ knowledge of IT legal compliance is very limited, and one in five of Britain’s bosses believe their staff are breaking the law on IT use.

TSO’s survey also showed that over one third of directors polled admitted not auditing their company’s IT in relation to the law, blaming lack of guidance from governing bodies, constant changes in legislation and the rapid pace of developments in IT.

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