“The upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is making the biggest change to data privacy law since many years. All organisations which hold or process personal information need to comply from 25 May 2018.
Data protection laws have always been designed to protect people’s privacy while deriving the benefits for business and public bodies of a data-rich society. However, with the amounts of data flowing in the digital age, the current regime is no longer fit for purpose.
Increased connectivity and the growth of digital services and social media mean people are widely sharing their personal information with multiple organisations and companies.
High-profile data breaches across the corporate world have shown the need to tighten data security. Increased individual concerns over what businesses are doing with private information have also grown.
On 25 May 2018, a new European-wide regulation – known as GDPR – will come into force. This will see the law get stricter on the collection and handling of personal data.” (Entreprise Europe Network/EU Commission)
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