All EU data protection regulation related articles

GDPR: The Pros and The Cons

February 1, 2018 Author: Compliance 0 Comments

Data protection legislation is seen as a way for governments to take back control over data security which has suffered critical hits in recent years with major breaches making headlines on a weekly basis.  Regulations are a natural reaction to these real-world threats that companies seem powerless to stop. Governments hope that through the enforcement of tougher data protection policies, companies unwilling to take extra measures to ensure data protection will be brought to higher overall standards.

While this goal in itself seems necessary given recent developments, how will these new legislations translate into the business world and how will they affect business growth and the push for innovation? There is a marked concern in business circles that cumbersome overly restrictive data protection regulations, such as the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)…

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EU vs US: How Do Their Data Protection Regulations Square Off?

January 17, 2018 Author: Compliance 0 Comments

The EU’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming into effect on 25 May 2018 and will have wide-ranging consequences on a global scale, affecting all businesses that trade with the European Union, from within or outside its borders. From among non-EU countries, US businesses in particular have been actively taking steps to ensure that they comply with the new regulation.

With the United States having a number of regulations in place for data protection itself, does that mean companies already compliant with national regulations will find it easier to adjust to GDPR requirements? Let’s have a look at data protection regulations on both sides of the Atlantic to find out.

The European Union under the GDPR

The most important and talked about change in data protection regulation in Europe in the last twenty years, the GDPR has set off a race for compliance among companies…

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The EU aligns its new ePrivacy Regulation to the GDPR

November 16, 2017 Author: Compliance 0 Comments

In January 2017, a new ePrivacy Regulation meant to repeal Directive 2002/58/EC was proposed by the European Commission and published on its website.  Concerning the respect for private life and the protection of personal data in electronic communications, the regulation is part of the Digital Single Market strategy and is meant to bring the ePrivacy Regulation in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into force in May 2018.

Directive 2002/58/EC previously covered the area of personal data processing and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector, but with the GDPR bringing requirements up to present day standards, the ePrivacy Directive needed to receive a similar upgrade that would help complement the GDPR, in the same way it was previously aligned to the Directive 95/46/EC. The two regulations are tightly interconnected with…

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The upcoming EU Data Protection Regulation

Depending on your specific industry and geographic location, there are several rules and regulations on data protection your company has to comply with. This is nothing new, as PCI, SOX, GBLA, PIPED, Basel II or HIPAA compliance have been around for some time. The Data Protection Directive (aka Directive 95/46/EC) is also nothing new as it was adopted by the European Union in 1995. Unlike a Directive that needs national legislation to implement, a Regulation will span across all EU member states. It applies to small and medium companies just like it does for multinationals. It also applies to any company that has information about any European citizen so anybody that is doing business within the EU will have to comply with it.

Let’s take a look at some of the other changes the upcoming regulation will bring and find out why we shouldn’t fear it.

A lot has changed since 1995 so why not the…Read more