A recent survey has found that one-in-four UK businesses have stopped their plans to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to Brexit.
However, while the British government has formally notified the EU of its intention to leave the union, it will still adopt the GDPR in full.
The survey, carried out by information management firm Crown Records Management, found that 24pc of IT decision makers at UK firms have halted all plans to become GDPR compliant due to Brexit, while a further 4pc have not even started their preparations, in the mistaken belief that the regulation will not now come into force.
Startlingly, almost half of IT decisions makers questioned believed that the new regulation no longer applied to the UK due to Brexit, but even if that were the case, any business which holds data on EU citizens, even if the company has no physical connection to the EU.
The GDPR will become law across the EU in May 2018, ten months before the UK is due to leave the European Union, replacing all current data protection regulations.
The UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will hire 200 new staff to cope with the increased oversight it will have over UK businesses.