Companies that still have paper-based records face being sued and receive fines unless they digitise their data, according to storage supplier ONStor.

ONStor says data storage needs to be digitised and secured by companies by October or they’ll be in breach of The Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

“Compliance is often the trigger for considering a secure storage solution," according to ONStor. Rather than reacting to each regulation that comes into force, organisations should look at improving overall business efficiency and how they manage their data and information.”

The company also said that by tackling these issues and putting solutions in place to solve them, many organisations will “automatically comply with many of the regulations”.

Organisations must also supply information on personal data to members of the public if they request it within a maximum of 40 days or will also be breaching the DPA regulations.

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