In an article for CIO, Brian Fletcher, Symantec's director of government affairs for Australia-Pacific, Japan and Korea, writes that Australian businesses need to reflect on the upcoming EU General Data Protection Regulation and respond with a cultural shift to prioritize data protection and privacy. Fletcher notes that when compared globally, Australia has a relaxed approach to privacy, only instituting its first national privacy law in 1998, after public concerns prompted action. He adds that complying with the GDPR will require a review of privacy processes. “For most Australian CIOs," he says, "the hardest cultural hurdle will be reconciling how data privacy is positioned within their organisation, and how the GDPR demands it be managed.”
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