Rise of the Data Protection Officer, the Hottest Tech Ticket in Town

Rise of the Data Protection Officer, the Hottest Tech Ticket in Town

The introduction of GDPR will mean all firms will have to implement more stringent practices, ensuring data is better stored with adequate checks and processes in place to protect it.

Question how to dispose of data that isn't needed and safeguard the information that's relevant.

Defining and understanding personal data scope, and data discovery: what constitutes personal data and where is it located?

As the European Union (EU) prepares to introduce the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May to harmonise data privacy laws, -owned is reportedly working on a new data privacy option in compliance with the new legislation.

The statement is part of a blog post in which Edwards lays out the position being taken by the affiliate network in regard to legal data-handling after the May 25 update, and the implications this will have on its advertisers.

"The awareness around GDPR is generally good, but the level of readiness is all over the map", he said.

But now it's 2018, companies across the globe are scrambling to comply with a European law that represents the biggest shake-up of personal data privacy rules since the birth of the internet - and Brown's inbox is being besieged by recruiters. "It's either viewed as a simple tick-box exercise or an issue exclusively for the marketing or IT team". The GDPR is all set to become effective starting from May 25, 2018 and is meant to harmonize the data privacy laws. Incident detection and response will challenge many businesses - hackers have automated many of their attacks so detection is a round-the-clock activity.

"It is astonishing that so many businesses are ignorant of GDPR", said Saunders.


"We believe the GDPR does not impose requirements which are incompatible with the rules in the FCA Handbook", the FCA stated. The effects of "Brexit" on the applicability of the EU's data privacy regime in the United Kingdom remain to be seen. The preparations in relation to the processing of tenants and employees' personal data will be more extensive and should take priority in our view.

One other positive point to note is that a lot of the "red tape" associated with registering for data protection will be done away with.

This is mirrored by the continued rise of consumers who appear relatively unconcerned about matters of data privacy and the exchange of data, which has increased from 16% to 25% this year. Younger respondents were even more relaxed about privacy and readier to share data, with 38% falling into this "Data Unconcerned" group.

Today marks 100 days until the introduction of the EU's GDPR, which will radically change the way organisations have to look after our personal data.

RSLs will process large amounts of personal data regarding tenants and employees, including information relating to their health, racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs, etc. which constitutes "special categories of personal data" and merits additional protection under the GPDR. According to Bitkom, the German Federal Association for Information Technology, German companies often lack the basic organizational requirements to ensure data protection.

"Given that we're trying to march to the deadline, I would say that 65 per cent of my time is focused on GDPR right now", said French, who is also a senior vice president of Mimecast.

These next few months are critical and are likely to be a mad rush for a number of organisations, said Stone.

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