GDPR-implementation of small and medium-sized enterprises in Belgium: Current knowledge, awareness and challenges from the perspective of sectoral organisations

Chantal Wauters, Rob Heyman

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Abstract

Since 2018, companies have to respect the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). However, research has indicated that for many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) it remains difficult to fully comply with the GDPR. This article describes SME's knowledge and challenges with regard to the implementation of the GDPR, from the perspective of sectoral organisations. By conducting qualitative interviews with sectoral organisations, we can come to the conclusion that SME's knowledge and awareness of the GDPR is limited. SMEs encounter many difficulties, for example in relation to the topics of transparency, Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) and the concepts of controller and processor. Useful tools, accessible information and the necessary support must be provided in the future.
Original languageDutch
PublisherStudies on Media, Information and Telecommunication (SMIT)
Commissioning bodyGegevensbeschermingsautoriteit
Number of pages14
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jun 2020

Keywords

  • GDPR
  • KMO
  • AVG

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