The average Belgian is not yet sufficiently aware of the data protection regulations
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    The average Belgian is not yet sufficiently aware of the data protection regulations

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    Some 57% of people told Test-Achats that they had not read some of the e-mails received about the new regulations, and 23% even stated having never read one e-mail about them.
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    The organisation Test-Achats is asserting on Friday in a communiqué that the average Belgian is not yet sufficiently aware of the General Data Protection Regulations, the now famous GDPR. Having conducted a survey of 1,000 consumers, Test-Achats has concluded that Belgians are not concerned about the new legislation, which came into force in May.

    The European piece of legislation determines how companies, governments and organisations should manage personal data. The consumer organisation mentions that the regulations place a strong emphasis upon confidentiality and security. Test-Achats itself champions the legislation.

    The survey by Test-Achats, indicates that 57% of people questioned stated that they had not read some of the e-mails received about the new regulations, and 23% even stated having never read one e-mail about them. On the question of knowing whether they had responded to “GDPR mails”, 38% said that they had never done so, whilst only 8% indicated that they had responded every time. Up to 63% of respondents had never demanded access to their data or that such data be deleted, and only 2% state having done so.

    Moreover, only around 1% of respondents believe that the GDPR will actually contribute to greater privacy, 62% believe that it will to an extent and 37% do not think that it will at all.

    Christopher Vincent
    The Brussels Times