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Europe's national regulators hold key to GDPR success

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Subject

GDPR appraisal and outlook.

Significance

May 25, 2019 is the first anniversary of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR enhanced the rights of citizens regarding their personal data, including by giving them the ‘right to be forgotten’, and tightened controls on how organisations and businesses collect, store and process such data.

Impacts

  • A key shortcoming is ensuring the compliance of business beyond ‘big tech’.
  • Public awareness of the GDPR in smaller EU states will lag that in larger states.
  • Criticism of the Irish regulator will rise if it fails to demonstrate a clearer commitment towards robust regulation.
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