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After years of discussion, debate, lobbying and lamenting, we are now twelve months from the date the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect. The GDPR replaces the EU’s Directive 95/46/EC, which has provided data protection guidance in the EU since 1995. The purported purpose for enacting the GDPR is to create regulatory consistency and certainty for companies operating in the EU with respect to their obligations to protect personal information for citizens of EU states. With a fining mechanism that allows penalties as high as 4% of global turnover (i.e., gross-revenue), any company that has yet to take a hard look at its obligations under the GDPR would be well-advised to do so before it’s too late. Moreover, the breadth of the regulation will create compliance headaches for nearly every organization, large and small.
By Nina Cunningham
Ostensibly, GDPR’s mission is to strengthen and unify the EU’s protection of online privacy rights and promote data protection for citizens of the 28 countries currently in the EU. In the global economy, however, GDPR serves as an alarm to all countries with business flowing across Europe and well beyond. Where business flows, data follow.
By Chris Moschovitis
Cybersecurity concerns are akin to health concerns. You can practice a healthy lifestyle; you can get regular medical check-ups; you can be vigilant in monitoring your own body. Still, the question remains, “How do I know I’m healthy?” The answer is, “You don’t.”
By Brian Neil Hoffman
Colorado recently adopted a new law expanding companies’ obligations in the event of a cybersecurity incident, and establishing new data security and disposal obligations. Recent announcements by the SEC likewise emphasize important responsive points for both companies and their personnel in the wake of an incident. Five key takeaways from these developments are highlighted in this article.
By Rhys Dipshan
Despite some potential problems with widespread use of Gmail’s ‘confidential mode,’ the new ephemeral messaging function can be easily managed from an information governance perspective.