The closer we get to May 2018, the more buzz there is around GDPR. As a business owner you will be used to making decisions and it is clear that you need to make one now. Stick or twist. Ignore the pending legislation or understand the impact. At least if you understand the impact and still chose to ignore it, you’ve made an informed decision. By reading on you will be more informed than when you started.
There are arguments around the technical approach to GDPR that have ringing similarities to those presented when ‘Consumerisation of IT’ first became a thing towards the end of the last decade. I have delved into my archive and found a diagram that was used by one of the big global vendors in their slide deck to demonstrate the benefits of the transition that consumerisation heralded. Then the focus was on empowering the staff, especially as the millennials started to hit the workforce, and enabling the business in the process. The suggestion at the time was that IT teams zealously controlled all matters IT and determined how and where employees were able to interact with systems. Consumerisation was an ideal that placed the emphasis on the users making that determination.
“How did it get so late so soon?” Dr Seuss
It is now less than 1 year before the new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect. This new legislation is the biggest change to data protection in many, many years. The current regulation was created before so much of our lives and personal information was online and used for other purposes.