Businesses urged to ‘seriously think about overhauling’ data processes – or risk falling foul of the regulations

A fifth (21 per cent) of people plan to use their rights under the incoming GDPR to ask their employer or ex-employers to delete their information, research has revealed.

A poll of 2,000 consumers by data analytics company SAS also found that a similar proportion of people (22 per cent) intend to use the new laws to access the data their employer holds on them, and 21 per cent would seek out human intervention in favour of automated process for performance reviews.

The GDPR will enhance data protection laws and create a range of new responsibilities for those who hold personal data. Penalties for breaches could be up to 4 per cent of organisations’ annual turnover or €20m, whichever is greater.

Other studies have suggested that the new rules are proving problematic for employers, with research from Gartner warning that at least half (50 per cent) of companies will not be fully compliant with the regulations by the end of 2018.

The GDPR will still challenge employers and they will still need to comply with a multitude of data requests from employees, For many employers, old legacy IT and data systems may not be up to the task – this makes it all the more important to ensure that company data is kept clean and easily accessible in case these requests start to come in.