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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 39)

IAPP Report Suggests GDPR Compliance Is Not Where It Should Be


GDPR compliance isn't as robust as you might suppose.The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union became enforceable more than a year ago on May 25, 2018. Despite a two-year runup that preceded that deadline, however, and notwithstanding the 16 months that have passed since, many businesses are dragging their metaphorical GDPR feet. A survey of more than 370 privacy professionals in Europe and the United States, conducted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), found that more than 50 percent of individuals responsible for GDPR compliance say that their firms are somewhere between moderately compliant and not at all compliant. A litte more than one-third of survey respondents said that their firms are very compliant, but only 9 percent said that their firms are entirely compliant. Lest you suppose that all of the lax compliance or outright noncompliance is not really hurting anything, the IAPP also reports that 52 percent of companies considered in the survey that are based in Europe itself have reported a breach in 2019. Those interested can access the full report online. IAPP, which is based in New Hampshire, curates a handful of widely respected privacy protection certifications.


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