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February 2018, Vol. 16, No. 12

Are you ready to comply with GDPR requirements?

On May 25, 2018, the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, goes into effect, and it's a big deal. This stringent EU regulation for protecting residents' personal data and privacy is likely to change the way data is processed, stored, protected and archived. It's no small matter to comply with GDPR requirements. And noncompliance could put organizations out of business. The best place to begin is to understand the significant differences between GDPR and laws already on the books (see "GDPR vs. existing regs"). The new regulation specifies roles, processes and technologies required to make EU residents' personal data secure, accessible, used appropriately and documented with consent. Any organization that supplies goods or services to EU residents, or simply collects data on them, regardless of where that data is used or stored, must comply. Compliance isn't optional. Don't make the mistake of assuming that information systems and processes compliant with current regulations are GDPR compliant. They ...

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