May 25, 2018 is the effective date of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It addresses the export of personal data outside the EU.  The GDPR requires companies to take steps to help secure personal data rights and more generally protect that data. The regulation also provides individuals with certain rights over their personal data, including a right to access, correct, delete, and restrict processing of their data.

According to a recent IBM’s “How it works – GDPR” guidebook, 50% of global companies say they will struggle to meet the rules set out by Europe unless they make significant changes to how they operate, and this may lead many companies to appoint a Data Protection Officer.

Not complying with GDP