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Is the GDPR Y2K 2.0?

December 15, 2017

Maybe... The GDPR, on the other hand, isn't just an innovation problem-- although innovation definitely plays an essential function. It is likewise a (extensively inadequately comprehended) legal problem that has the possible to affect almost every department within your company. Under GDPR, companies can be penalized for infractions of record keeping and privacy impact evaluation obligations, even if they suffer no actual information breaches. In addition, if a breach does happen, regardless of who was responsible, it will be the company that pays the price, both in regards to punitive damages and corporate reputation damage. All of this suggests that making your company GDPR compliant (GDPR Compliance) will require thoroughly assessing and potentially altering how your company gathers, processes and secures individual information, which brings far-reaching ramifications from legal, technical and organizational viewpoints.

All told, companies around the globe spent an estimated $300 to $500 billion to attend to the anticipated issues that would happen when our clocks rolled over from 1999 to 2000, and that was nearly 20 years ago. While doing so, the entire tech industry was transformed, as companies were required to desert out-of-date systems en masse in favor of ERP architecture that not only fixed the Y2K problems however offered radically enhanced abilities over their predecessors.

I believe that, like the Y2K issue, GDPR can act as a needed catalyst in bringing our information practices into positioning with the realities of the modern-day world. These regulations will require organizations around the world to examine and enhance the handling, security and control of the details they are delegated with. This will, in turn, expose significant opportunities to update and boost their organisation processes and technologies while improving the stability and overall quality of their data. And while it is now genuinely to the wire to get ready for GDPR, my fervent hope is that members of the global organisation neighborhood will seize upon these opportunities and respond with the exact same level of perseverance, development and financial investment to get ready for this deadline as they did in the months leading up to New Year's Eve, 1999.

Now, almost 20 years later, we find ourselves facing another possible "dinosaur killer." The European General Data Protection Guideline (GDPR), a sweeping piece of guideline that will affect all organizations that do business with EU residents no matter where those companies are based, goes into result in just 5 months. And as this due date looms, I cannot assist however see resemblances between our current situation and Y2K.

The Y2K bug reshaped the technology market. The large scale of the issue, paired with the fact that the entire world was up versus a tough and inflexible due date, meant that organizations around the world were required innovate and change the way they carried out company in an extraordinary way.

The Y2K issue parallels GDPR in that both scenarios involved a hard drop-dead date that brings with it extreme penalties on a global scale. However regardless of the massive charges that noncompliance with GDPR brings, I just have not seen the very same degree of impassioned activity to alleviate the dangers as we saw preceeding January 1, 2000. Preparations for GDPR are going terribly, with Gartner estimating that less than half of the companies that will be impacted will be in complete compliance with the new laws by the end of 2018. This is a substantial issue.

The inexorable technique of the GDPR due date has triggered significant panic, but I think a little panic is an excellent thing. It suggests that business leaders can no longer kick the can down the road, forcing innovation and upgrades to technologies and procedures that have been overlooked for far too long.

The difficult, immutable due date of Midnight, 1999 required an overhaul of information management hardware, software and procedures at an unmatched scale that might never ever have actually occurred otherwise. That being said, the Y2K bug was at its core a really well-understood innovation issue. Engineers had known about the concerns that resulted in the Y2K scare for decades, when the bill lastly came due and the world scrambled to meet the challenge, it was reasonably simple (albeit incredibly pricey) to contain the concern and address it with innovation upgrades that companies had years of lead time to implement.

 

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