CYBERSECURITY AND PRIVACY WITH FREDERIKE KALTHEUNER: GDPR, A NEW ERA?


GDPR, a new era?

Frederike Kaltheuner, Data Exploitation programme lead at Privacy International, talks about Gdpr, the GAFA multinationals, compliance, fines, extraterritorial scope and digital rights.

Peter Rodberg

As emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and the IoT take root, governments and businesses may be forced to explore comprehensive new measures to address consumers’ data and privacy rights.

Ellinor Kristensen

In response to Fujiko Nakayama

GDPR has transformed consumer data best practice across all sectors. It is also playing an important role in placing the power firmly back where it belongs, in the hands of the consumer.

Increased regulation, such as GDPR, which promotes better handling, collecting, storing and processing personal data is to be welcomed, as is increased awareness of the various cyber threats. However, with so much focus on the ‘big’ issues listed above, organizations are increasingly overlooking some serious security and digital privacy vulnerabilities.

Fujiko Nakayama

GDPR has transformed consumer data best practice across all sectors. It is also playing an important role in placing the power firmly back where it belongs, in the hands of the consumer.

Lalita Demetriou

Cybersecurity is moving away from the traditional centralized view to a decentralized approach whereby security happens as close as possible to the endpoint. This is not just about IoT security but about cybersecurity overall as the security perimeter is ubiquitous: protection (security and privacy by design, the latter one of the principles of the GDPR) happens everywhere with the endpoint being key (the mobile user, for example). It explains the success of cloud-based security.

Patrick Oswald

GDPR is a great new practice for protecting people's data and I see the merits from its usage. I think it is the turning point for our online privacy!

Zephyr Brassington

According to Forbes, the global cybersecurity market is expected to reach 170 billion by 2020. This rapid market growth is being fueled by an array of technology trends, including the onslaught of initiatives with ever-evolving security requirements, like “bring your own device” (BYOD) and the internet of things (IoT); the rapid adoption of cloud-based applications and workloads, extending security needs beyond the traditional data center; and stringent data protection mandates.

GDPR is one of those mandates.

Borislav Bossakov

The ratification of the General Data Protection Regulations has affected the biggest shift in cultural awareness of our personal identity in modern history.  As our defenses against identity theft and fraud evolve and grow, hackers are becoming smarter and using the very same technology against us, most noteworthy being the likes of ransomware, cryptolocker etc.

boban mitreski

In response to Цветан Иванов

Hi all,

I know what GDPR stands for, but I was wondering if someone could answer a few questions that I have:

  • Is GDPR retrospective?
  • Will GDPR affect UK after Brexit?
  • What core business areas will be affected by GDPR?
  • What if I don’t follow GDPR? What are the penalties?
  • Will the fines really be enforced? How?
  • Who does GDPR apply to?
  • Does GDPR apply only to EU-based companies?

It looks like I have the honor of tackling the final three questions (the top three on your list):

Regardless of Brexit, organisations based in the UK that will be handling data related to EU citizens will still be affected by GDPR. What’s more, the UK's Data Protection Bill and the GDPR go hand in hand as this new Bill will implement the GDPR and may even impose higher standards so even if the UK is not in the EU anymore, it will have similar or greater obligations as the GDPR.

GDPR will affect any areas of a business that handle personal data, for example HR, sales, marketing, membership/customer services, IT, finance or legal. There is no distinction or exception between public and private either. Every organisation which has personal data is within the scope. And, let’s not forget that the personal data of employees is also affected by GDPR and will need to be acquired, stored, managed and to the same standards as any ‘natural person’.

GDPR isn’t retrospective as the EU adopted a 2-year long transition period which was intended to allow organisations to prepare for the Regulation.

George Waters

In response to Цветан Иванов

Hi all,

I know what GDPR stands for, but I was wondering if someone could answer a few questions that I have:

  • Is GDPR retrospective?
  • Will GDPR affect UK after Brexit?
  • What core business areas will be affected by GDPR?
  • What if I don’t follow GDPR? What are the penalties?
  • Will the fines really be enforced? How?
  • Who does GDPR apply to?
  • Does GDPR apply only to EU-based companies?

I will respond to the two questions about the penalties and the fines.

When GDPR is enforced, organisations that breach the regulations may be fined either between 2% to 4% of their annual global turnover or up €20 million, whichever is higher. Frequent breaches of the regulations and failure to address the issue can even result in higher fines of up to €40 million. 

We won’t know until the GDPR actually comes into force. It will be up to the national data protection authorities in each jurisdiction to enforce the new rules. It is important to be mindful of the fact that organisations can be sued privately as well, which means that non-compliance can be costly, even if a company doesn’t get fined by their Relevant Data Protection Authority.

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