20% of companies report being GDPR compliant post 25th May deadline

Recent research by TrustArc highlighted that only 20% of companies surveyed believe they are GDPR compliant, while 53% are in the implementation phase and 27% have not yet started their implementation.

However, it appears that companies in the rest of Europe seem to be doing better. EU (excluding the UK) companies are further along, with 27% reporting they are compliant, versus 12% in the U.S. and 21% in the UK. While many companies have significant work to do, 74% expect to be compliant by the end of 2018 and 93% by the end of 2019.

While many companies still have a long way to go, a comparison to August 2017 research shows significant progress in the past ten months. The number of companies whose GDPR implementation is underway or completed increased from 38% to 66% in the U.S. and from 37% to 73% in the UK.

Chris Babel, CEO of  TrustArc said: “At TrustArc, we worked with companies of all sizes globally to become GDPR compliant by helping them understand the requirements and deploy technology solutions to support their compliance and risk management objectives,

“While the amount of effort was immense for the deadline of May 25, there is substantive work yet to complete to achieve initial compliance as well as monitor and maintain compliance on a repeatable and efficient ongoing basis.”

Eleanor Treharne-Jones, SVP Sales & Consulting for TrustArc will be speaking at Data Protection World Forum taking place in ExCeL London on 20th and 21st November.

As Vice President Consulting, Eleanor leads a team of global privacy consultants delivering privacy assessments for large enterprises across Asia, Europe and the U.S.

Are companies GDPR complaint?

Recent research by TrustArc highlighted that only 20% of companies surveyed believe they are GDPR compliant, while 53% are in the implementation phase and 27% have not yet started their implementation.

However, it appears that companies in the rest of Europe seem to be doing better. EU (excluding the UK) companies are further along, with 27% reporting they are compliant, versus 12% in the U.S. and 21% in the UK. While many companies have significant work to do, 74% expect to be compliant by the end of 2018 and 93% by the end of 2019.

While many companies still have a long way to go, a comparison to August 2017 research shows significant progress in the past ten months. The number of companies whose GDPR implementation is underway or completed increased from 38% to 66% in the U.S. and from 37% to 73% in the UK.

Chris Babel, CEO of  TrustArc said: “At TrustArc, we worked with companies of all sizes globally to become GDPR compliant by helping them understand the requirements and deploy technology solutions to support their compliance and risk management objectives,

“While the amount of effort was immense for the deadline of May 25, there is substantive work yet to complete to achieve initial compliance as well as monitor and maintain compliance on a repeatable and efficient ongoing basis.”

TrustArc, sponsors of the GDPR Refresh Theatre at Data Protection World which takes place at ExCeL London on 20th and 21st November.

Eleanor Treharne-Jones, SVP Sales & Consulting for TrustArc will be giving the opening keynote looking at the new data protection landscape.

As Vice President Consulting, Eleanor leads a team of global privacy consultants delivering privacy assessments for large enterprises across Asia, Europe and the U.S.

To learn more about data privacy and GDPR compliance, visit the team on stand 46.

For more information on Data Protection World Forum, visit the website.


The inaugural Data Protection World Forum (DPWF) will be held on November 20th & 21st 2018 at the ExCeL London which will provide a broader focus across the data protection and privacy space amidst the progressive tightening of global data protection laws.

Ahead of the end of year event, DPWF has launched a series of intensive workshops.

Further information on the DPWF and workshop details are available at: https://www.dataprotectionworldforum.com/