New Year greetings from Brussels!
A new year is upon us, and it should be a particularly memorable one for those of you working in the data protection and privacy space. The 1995 Directive is for all intents and purposes no longer and consigned to history, and we have the new “enlightened" GDPR regulation to contend with. What does this mean for the privacy professional? Well one should probably get up to speed on what the changes entail without further ado, to determine their impact on the organization, business model, and interactions with the external world. It is safe to say that your function will be critical over the next years to lay new foundations, to guide and set up your organization for continued success moving forward.
There is a palpable sense of rejuvenation and energy in the air; the five years of debate and deliberations on the legislative reform were exhausting for all involved, bringing about despair for some and emotional (cerebral) fatigue for others. Who could have predicted back in 2010, when Viviane Reding tabled the reform, the magnitude of attention engulfing the many actors? I doubt the young MEP Jan Albrecht fully appreciated that he would be propelled onto the international stage with such significance, his every word scrutinized. Well, we are finally here and witnessing a new age for privacy.
If you haven’t made any New Year resolutions yet, then make privacy in practice your resolution for this year, and stick to it. Eduardo Ustaran sums it up rather eloquently in his recently posted commentary. There are no elephants left in the room, and this regulation is a game changer. So don’t be surprised if the subject of privacy and data protection starts taking on a new focus and dimension in your organization; it could well be a key driver for change throughout your organization for the foreseeable future. Be ready, get prepared, and let the work begin.
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