Across Europe, significant changes in data legislation will come into effect this year with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May.
The new legislation intends to make data protection laws consistent across EU nations and to implement more contemporary legislation, with many existing laws insufficient to protect against data usage on social media and the volumes of data now available to organizations.
There are 10 primary changes as part of the GDPR, chief among them the requirement for organizations to make data readily available to data subjects upon request and to keep a more detailed log of data processing activities.
If a data breach occurs, data controllers are required to report it to the relevant authority within 72 hours. Failure to comply with updated GDPR legislation will leave organizations liable to significant financial penalties.
Now is the time for organizations to properly begin preparing for the updated legislation so that they will be familiar with it by the time it is introduced in May. If that means hiring specialist data protection officers or overhauling company policy, so be it.
This infographic outlines the 10 primary GDPR changes and explains how organizations can prepare for their introduction so that they don’t run the risk of breaking the law further down the line.
Author: Orla Forrest is a marketing executive with Exigent Networks and she frequently publishes content about a diverse range of technological matters.