October 6, 2018 0

Fellowes Survey: GDPR not a priority for office workers

Research from office products vendor Fellowes has revealed that office workers place GDPR low on their priority list compared to other day-to-day tasks.

The survey involved over 7,000 participants from the UK, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, and Poland.

According to the study, 90% of office staff are not challenged about the handling of personal information in compliance with GDPR. Instead, employees prioritised housekeeping chores, social behaviour and agreements/deadlines above the privacy of confidential information.

The research also found that 70% of those surveyed were unclear about who is responsible for GDPR, with 56% assuming it is the responsibility of management or the Data Protection Officer. Only 29% of employees were aware that everyone within a company is responsible for GDPR compliance.

Other key findings included:

  • 44% of those surveyed take documents home from work or print papers at home. More than half of these people do not securely dispose of documents after use.
  • 53% of the respondents say they saw papers with confidential or personal information left unattended.
  • 81% of companies have a GDPR policy, but in 18% of cases, employees didn’t know the details or do not observe it.
  • 40% of office staff that process credit or debit card information are not familiar with the PCI/DISS regulation.

Fellowes European Business Team Manager for Business Machines Johan Hereijgers said: “GDPR should be a priority as we are all responsible to comply with the regulation. Compliance doesn’t have to be overwhelming, it is easier to make small adjustments instead of big, immediate changes.”

Source: https://www.opi.net/gdpr-not-a-priority-for-office-workers/

Business Products Group International LLP ®