Ready for GDPR? This white paper points you in the right direction

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It’s February, 2017. Do you know where your GDPR plans are?

On May 25 of next year, the General Data Protection Regulation goes into effect, yet many companies with users from European Union countries are not ready to meet the requirements for protecting rights to personal data. The GDPR applies to all companies with such users, whether or not the companies are physically in those countries.

The exact number of unprepared businesses varies according to the survey, but it appears to be huge.

In October of last year, for instance, a survey by Dell found that over 80 percent of global businesses knew little or nothing about GDPR, less than one-third felt they were prepared, and almost 70 percent said either they weren’t prepared for the GDPR — or didn’t know if there were prepared.

According to a recent, detailed paper on GDPR — sponsored by cloud security provider CipherCloud — 58 percent of mid-sized and large organizations are “not sufficiently familiar” with the GDPR scope or penalties, and only 10 percent think they are “completely ready.”

That overview, “GDPR Compliance and Its Impact on Security and Data Protection Programs,” offers a good place to start.

[Read the full article on MarTech Today.]


About The Author

Barry Levine covers marketing technology for Third Door Media. Previously, he covered this space as a Senior Writer for VentureBeat, and he has written about these and other tech subjects for such publications as CMSWire and NewsFactor. He founded and led the web site/unit at PBS station Thirteen/WNET; worked as an online Senior Producer/writer for Viacom; created a successful interactive game, PLAY IT BY EAR: The First CD Game; founded and led an independent film showcase, CENTER SCREEN, based at Harvard and M.I.T.; and served over five years as a consultant to the M.I.T. Media Lab. You can find him at LinkedIn, and on Twitter at xBarryLevine.


 

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