Rich Vining

E.U. GDPR Weekly News Digest - 7 Aug 2017

Blog Post created by Rich Vining Employee on Aug 7, 2017

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goes into effect on 25 May 2018 and will affect every organization, anywhere in the world, that collects, processes or retains any “personally identifiable information, or PII” of European Union citizens. Recent news on GDPR:


DatacenterDynamics: Cloud demand to override Brexit uncertainties?

If you are concerned about how Brexit, GDPR, edge computing and hybrid IT are set to transform the data center landscape in Europe, the DCD>Zettastructure conference and expo in London in November may be the place to go.


Enterprise Times: Information Security Risks Continue to Rise

There has been a lot of misinformation in some quarters about the impact of GDPR as the UK proceeds with Brexit. Just 39% of UK respondents say GDPR will apply to them. UK companies are not the only ones in Europe to misunderstand the impact of GDPR. Germany (53%) and Switzerland (58%) were the best scoring European countries.


Charity Digital News: GDPR: Charities encouraged to deepen their understanding

To provide charities with a solid understanding of the key implications of GDPR without undertaking a law conversion course, charity CRM software partner, Blackbaud, asked its own legal counsel and Data Protection Officer to wade through all 88 pages of legislation and create a summary document that gives proper detail beyond all the ‘10 top tips’ infographics online.


Enterprise Strategy Group: 2017 Cybersecurity Spending Trends:

The Register: Coming soon to a Parliament near you – UK's Data Protection Bill

Although the UK is leaving the EU, it will have to adhere to the GDPR for about a year as a member state, and – if it wants to continue exchanging data with EU countries – will have to demonstrate compliance even after Brexit. Therefore Parliament has drafted a new UK Data Protection bill to bring the UK’s data privacy laws into line with the GDPR.


Huffington Post: (VIDEO) Cannes Mastercard Session: Execs Address GDPR And ‘Privacy By Design’

At a panel debate convened with Beet.TV, four advertising agency data executives said GDPR compliance was a big deal, but they framed privacy regulation in the context of consumer aversion to “creepy” ad tactics.


Personnel Today: Facebook snooping on candidates? GDPR could put a stop to that

Employers who snoop on potential job candidates on social media could soon be breaking the law under GDPR. Ed Stacey, head of employment at PwC Legal, looks at the potential risks of screening future employees in this way.


Cloud Pro: Veritas launches new classification engine to bridge GDPR gap

The Integrated Classification Engine service will work across the Veritas portfolio to help identify PII, It allows companies to easily scan and tag data – including unstructured data like emails, documents and image files – to ensure sensitive information is appropriately managed and protected.


AssetFinance International: UniCredit data breach hits 400,000 customers

UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, has announced it has been the victim of a customer data security breach due to unauthorized access, through an Italian third-party provider. The breach comes amid warnings to finance companies that the industry will not be compliant by next year’s deadline for the EU GDPR because of the complexities involved in adapting to new standards.


Business Wire: Evidon Debuts Industry’s First GDPR and Cookie Law Universal Consent Platform

The Evidon Universal Consent Platform is the first of its kind, allowing companies to deploy a single, user-centric transparency and consent solution for desktop, mobile web and in-app deployment, supporting compliance across both GDPR and the evolving ePrivacy Regulation (ePr or “Cookie Law”).


HelpNetSecurity: Only 2% of “GDPR-ready” organizations are actually compliant

Only nine percent of UK organizations that believe they are prepared for the GDPR actually are, new research from Veritas has found. In fact, organizations across the globe mistakenly believe they are in compliance with the upcoming GDPR, after polling over 900 business decision makers from the US, the UK, France, Germany, Australia, Singapore, Japan and the Republic of Korea.



Rich Vining is a Sr. Product Marketing Manager for Data Protection Solutions at Hitachi Data Systems and has been publishing his thoughts on data storage and data management since the mid-1990s. The contents of this blog are his own.