Survey shows many Irish firms not compliant with data privacy

By Maurice Garvey

UP TO 25 per cent of Irish businesses might not be GDPR compliant, according to a recent survey conducted by Equinix.

The survey by Equinix, one of Ireland’s largest data centre operators who have facilities at Kilcarbery Park, Clondalkin and in Citywest, also found that 44 per cent of Ireland’s IT decision-makers say that changing regulatory requirements around data privacy is a threat to their company.

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Maurice Mortell, Equinix MD for Ireland

The research discovered 76 per cent of IT respondents say that complying with data protection regulations is a top priority for their business’s technology strategy.

Equinix has had its binding corporate rules (BCRs) approved by EU regulators, which allows multinational companies to transfer personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) to their affiliates located outside the EEA.

In doing so, it is the first company to have its BCRs approved since GDPR came into effect.

This will be of importance to Equinix once Brexit comes into effect, as it will assure its business partners that their personal data will continue to be protected to the highest standards as set by the EU.

Maurice Mortell, Managing Director for Ireland at Equinix, said: “As global and Irish business communities strive to become more compliant, they are choosing interconnection – or private connectivity – to mitigate many of the risks associated with being a digital enterprise today.

“The fact that a quarter of Irish enterprises might be exposing themselves – and their customers – to data infringements is very worrying. It highlights the need for businesses here to seize responsibility and ensure they are taking all of the necessary steps to be truly compliant.”

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