May 25, 2018 will be the start of a new era of personal data rights. That’s the date when arguably the broadest and most stringent regulation in the last 15 years takes effect: the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
GDPR requires companies to appoint a data protection officer (DPO) in certain situations as the executive responsible for compliance with the regulation. You need a DPO if your organization processes or stores large amounts of personal data that belongs to European EU citizens. A DPO is also mandated for public organizations.
If you’re a tech leader in a U.S. company, you may be thinking, “Does this apply to me?” That’s the wrong question to ask. The question you should ask yourself is, “Do I have customers who care about the privacy of their data?”
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