Your employees need to know the most about data protection laws and how they affect them. Almost every single person in an enterprise environment is affected by some aspect of these laws — the biggest one being the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

In a recent AOTMP® Research & Advisory study supported by our Efficiency First® Analytics, we asked how prepared organizations were to comply with the GDPR. The answers were astounding.

Almost a quarter of respondents said that the GDPR doesn’t affect them at all, and more than 30% don’t even know their levels of preparedness or what GDPR even is. One year after going into effect, this data protection law is still hitting businesses across the globe with process changes and crippling fines. And, not knowing about the law doesn’t actually excuse your organization from it.

Preparedness is a huge key to compliance —  it matters 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.”

Employee preparedness is tantamount to your data protection and risk management planning success. If you haven’t implemented a compliance strategy for the GDPR and/or other data compliance initiatives yet, your organization needs to consider one now. After all, most organizations cannot afford to have a regulatory hiccup. A simple email from one of your employees to a European Union customer could trigger millions of dollars in penalties and fines.

What mechanisms does your organization use to ensure employee compliance with data protection laws? As an employer, it is your responsibility to make sure compliance is met.

If you’re looking for a solution to train employees on the GDPR, PIPEDA (Canada), or any other law, 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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