Donald Trump’s golf resort in Scotland has admitted a breach of data protection law, having failed to register with the UK Privacy Watchdog, the ICO. In response, Richard Stiennon, Chief Strategy Officer at  Blancco Technology Group commented below.

Richard Stiennon, Chief Strategy Officer at Blancco Technology Group:

Richard Stiennon“This is really worrying, not only because it supports the deepening concern that the US takes data privacy less seriously than Europe, but also because this time it’s at the hands of an organisation run by a man who is running to become the next President of the United States.

If American-owned companies in the UK aren’t even able to fulfil the basic rules dictated by the Data Protection Act, how will they be able to cope when the far more stringent EU GDPR and its accompanying fines are implemented? Data does not respect national boundaries and in this increasingly digitally driven world, we need to ensure all regions take data privacy seriously. The EU GDPR is a well thought-out standard that other governments would do well to follow in ensuring citizens’ data is appropriately respected and protected.”