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November 2019, Vol. 17, No. 12

Navigate PII data protection and GDPR to meet privacy mandates

The European Union's GDPR has been in effect since May 25, 2018. Every business or organization collecting personally identifiable information on EU or U.K. residents is subject to its requirements and penalties for noncompliance. In addition to GDPR, there are numerous other PII laws and regulations organizations must comply with or face harsh penalties. PII noncompliance fines associated with GDPR have been harsh over the past year. Singapore's Personal Data Protection Act of 2012, Japan's Act on the Protection of Personal Information and California's Consumer Privacy Act of 2018, for example, also have severe fines. Noncompliance means fiduciary irresponsibility, which can result in business failure and potential incarceration. This means PII data protection isn't optional, it's essential. At the one-year anniversary of GDPR, the European Data Protection Board reported more than 500,000 registered data protection officers, more than 280,000 cases and 144,000 complaints, data breach notifications numbering above 89,000 and ...

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