GDPR: the balance sheet of the first year

GDPR: the balance sheet of the first year

Valdis Dombrovskis, vice president of the European Commission, and Commissioner Vera Jourová presented a budget for the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) one year after its introduction. To date it would have been applied in most member states and the European board would have already handled over 500 cross-border cases.

If on the one hand the Regulation now in force would have led most companies operating in the Old Continent to commit and invest in order to guarantee the maximum possible conformity to its dictates, on the other users, although more aware of the rights related to the past privacy protection, would still be poorly informed.

In fact, only 1/5 of European citizens would know which Authority to turn to in the event of violations, for this reason the members of the commission would have promoted an awareness-raising campaign to help users understand what tools they have available and what practices to adopt to better protect them your personal data.

As pointed out by the commissioners, the GDPR was conceived to adapt to the evolution of technologies, which is why it will be periodically updated. The next changes will be made during 2020 and during this step companies will be equipped with solutions (such as for example standard contracts) that simplify the activities aimed at compliance.

Currently among the 28 (in the short 27) EU member states only Greece, Portugal and Slovenia would have failed to update their regulations to ensure the entry into force of the GDPR within its own borders. The Commission hopes that these gaps will be filled to allow future joint investigations between nations to be increasingly possible.

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