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News Roundup: GDPR'nt you glad the deadline is finally here?

GDPR is finally here

For the first time in a long time, we’re not starting the News Roundup with the latest Trump or Facebook scandal. That’s because after two years of fearmongering and panic, the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation has come into force. While the day itself is somewhat anti-climactic, most of us will be glad to see the back of all those ‘We’ve updated our privacy policy but this doesn’t have to be goodbye’ emails that have unnecessarily (and in some cases illegally) been flooding our inboxes.

Me deleting #GDPR emails... pic.twitter.com/dyD77FYJTH

— Daryl Barnett (@darylbarnettt) May 24, 2018

Although this is good news for consumers and the safety of their personal information, research undertaken by Accenture has shown that over half of customers are choosing not to re-opt back in. Considering the fact that very few companies are going to be 100% compliant today, with others shutting down European operations altogether until they’ve figured how to make their business model compliant, it’s probably no bad thing that consumers are now being smart about who they allow to have their private information.

Much like Brexit, crunch day might have finally arrived, but it’s already become clear that we’ve not heard the last of GDPR. However, for now all we can do is sit back and wait for the first non-compliance fines to start rolling out.

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Charlotte Trueman

Charlotte is Staff Writer at IDG Connect. She is particularly interested in the impact technology will have on the future of work and promoting gender diversity throughout the tech industry.

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