GDPR – Impending calamity or opportunity?
We’re partnering with GDPR compliance specialists Fifth Step and we’re pleased to welcome this guest blogger, Wayne Jolly, Head of security.
Some of the communications that surround the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation have been very negative. From where I am positioned as an Information Security professional in the UK, however, I see a number of positives. Is it a calamity or an opportunity? It is my belief that GDPR offers a golden opportunity to businesses and data professionals. Here’s why.
To start with let me give you my over the water cooler version of what GDPR represents and the essence of the regulation. GDPR is the European Union’s data protection law that comes into force in May 2018 and affects any organisation holding EU citizen’s personal data.
The EU law proposes greater rights to the person whose data is held, and greater responsibility for the organisation that holds that personal data. In the event of a breach of the law, significant fines can be leveled by the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). As you can guess, that is where the fear factor creeps in.
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