As today marks 100 days until the GDPR compliance deadline, Joe Garber at Micro Focus commented below.

Joe Garber, Global Head at Micro Focus:

“As today marks exactly 100 days until the GDPR deadline, it is important to reflect on the changes the new rules and regulations will bring. When it comes to the GDPR, the risk of hefty fines and loss of credibility with customers are the bottom-line consequences of non-compliance for businesses. However, today we should be thinking about the benefits the GDPR will bring to privacy and security – something organisations will see if they approach the new regulations methodically and carefully, with the right technology processes in place.

“Thinking about the safety of the web more broadly, the explosion of the Internet of Things (IoT) devices in our homes and offices – and even on ourselves through smart watches, medical sensors and more –  poses a huge threat to privacy and security. The immense volumes of information gathered by these devices means that even legitimate use could quickly pinpoint the identity of an individual using many different fragments of data. We have not previously had the experience as a society nor the legislative framework to decide what should constitute privacy, so the GDPR will be a catalyst for organisations to put measures in place to ensure the privacy of data, which they arguably should have been doing already. As a consumer, I am excited about what the GDPR can do for me as an individual, protecting my information in a time when many privacy issues are vague, threatening and of colossal scale.”

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