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Compliance is feeling GDPR’s growing pains

Neil Hodge | November 28, 2018

If Europe’s data regulators hoped that the transition to its new rules would be smooth and simple, they are in for a shock.

Six months on from when the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force, organisations still say that there is a lack of clarity about what they can—and cannot—do with personal data, or in what circumstances they might be flouting the law.

Added to that, several EU member countries—Czech Republic, Finland, Portugal, Greece, Poland, and Slovakia—have not actually updated their data protection laws to align to the regulation, and others have been slow to pass theirs (Spain and Italy only did so in August and September, respectively, while France also passed legislation in August to take effect retrospectively from May).

While lawyers say that in the absence of refreshed domestic legislation companies would need to follow GDPR, they admit that there could perceivably be a question about whether regulators in...

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