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Only 44 per cent of charities have heard of GDPR, finds government survey

26 Jan 2018 News

Department for Culture, Media and Sport

Fergus Burnett

Only 44 per cent of charities have heard of the General Data Protection Regulation, according to a survey released yesterday by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.

GDPR is a new law which comes into force in May and affects how charities can process data. It is likely to affect all organisations, but is particularly relevant to fundraising charities.

The statistics released earlier this week are taken from the Cyber Security Breaches Survey, which measures how well UK businesses and charities approach cyber security. The full results will be published in April 2018.

It finds that:

  • Awareness of GDPR rises to 75 per cent of all charities with over 250 staff.
  • Charities are slightly more prepared than commercial businesses, only 38 per cent of which had heard of GDPR.
  • Only 26 per cent of all charities which are aware of GDPR have taken steps to address it.

Matt Hancock, the Culture Secretary, is the cabinet minister with responsibility for both digital and charity. He said: “We are strengthening the UK’s data protection laws to make them fit for the digital age by giving people more control over their own data.

“And as these figures show many organisations still need to act to make sure the personal data they hold is secure.”

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