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GDPR, Brexit keep compliance on its toes

Dave Lefort | November 28, 2018

Whenever compliance practitioners gather, the conversation usually centers around shared problems, collaborative solutions, and an overall “we’re all in this together” vibe.

I was definitely feeling that vibe at the Compliance Week Europe conference in Amsterdam, but there was another sentiment that was equally pervasive among attendees: a stunning lack of clarity around two of the biggest issues facing the compliance community.

The 6-month-old General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Britain’s upcoming divorce from the European Union both have a tremendous impact on European compliance, but strategizing solutions around either one has proven to be difficult due to a lack of guidance and, in the case of Brexit, just plain chaos.

On GDPR, we brought in the vice chairman of the European Data Protection Board, whose message was, essentially, that they’re still trying to figure out how this regulation is going to work in practice. For those looking for answers...

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