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Operationalizing GDPR compliance, amid uncertainty

Jaclyn Jaeger | May 23, 2018

Starting May 25, companies that collect or process personal data on EU citizens must begin complying with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation, but even the savviest of global companies cannot say with any real certainty that they are fully prepared. At this stage, it’s all about doing your best.

That was the overall sentiment expressed during a recent panel discussion at Compliance Week 2018. Jennifer Schack, senior vice president and global head of privacy at global financial services company Northern Trust, summed up succinctly what most companies are thinking today: “What makes me feel somewhat uncomfortable is that there are so many unknowns about this regulation.”

“We have all built our programs based on how we’ve interpreted GDPR, but we don’t know what legal actions await,” Schack added. “We don’t how the regulatory bodies are going to rule, and we don’t know how that’s going to impact our plan and, perhaps, change the course of our implementation...

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