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It’s time to scrutinize data protection practices for GDPR readiness

Steve Durbin | October 17, 2017

The Information Security Forum (ISF) considers the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to be the most noteworthy shake-up of global privacy law in decades. Not only does it redefine the scope of EU data protection legislation, it forces organizations globally to comply with its requirements.

The regulation officially goes into effect in May of 2018 and will have an international reach, affecting any organization that handles the personal data of European Union (EU) residents, regardless of where it is processed. Many U.S.-based organizations will fall under GDPR’s purview. In fact, few organizations will be able to completely avoid the requirements.

The GDPR adds another layer of complexity to the issue of critical information asset management that so many organizations are already struggling with. The GDPR aims to establish the same data protection levels for all EU residents and will focus on how organizations handle...

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