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Privacy Matters: How Much Do Your Employees Know About Data Privacy?

Your employees need to know the most about data protection laws and how they affect them. Nearly every single person in an enterprise business environment is touched by some aspect of these laws. The biggest one is the General Data Protection Regulation, or the GDPR.

In a recent AOTMP® Research & Advisory study supported by AOTMP®’s Efficiency First® Analytics, we asked how prepared organizations were to comply with the GDPR. The answers were astounding. 22% of respondents said that the GDPR doesn’t affect them at all while more than 30% agreed they don’t even know their levels or preparedness or what GDPR even is. One year after it went into effect, it is still hitting businesses across the globe with business process changes and crippling fines. Not knowing about the law doesn’t actually excuse your organization from it. Preparedness is a huge key to compliance and it does matter that your employees know about data privacy and security.

22% of respondents said that the GDPR doesn't affect them at all while more than 30% agreed they don't even know their levels or preparedness or what GDPR even is. Click To Tweet

Employee preparedness is tantamount to your success and to your risk management plans. If you haven’t implemented a compliance strategy for the GDPR and/or other data compliance initiatives, your organization needs to consider it now. Operationally, most organizations cannot afford to have a regulatory hiccup. A simple email from one of your employees to a potential customer in the European Union could trigger a huge string of issues, including but not limited to an unauthorized solicitation.

What mechanisms does your organization have in place to ensure employee compliance? As an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure compliance is met.

If you’re looking for a solution to employment training on the GDPR, PIPEDA (Canada) or other laws, consider our training platform, AOTMP® University.

This post was written in conjunction with the AOTMP® Efficiency First® Framework’s Risk Management and Regulatory Compliance core activities. 

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