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GDPR in 2019

  • February 14, 2019
  • by Rajeev Nar
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Time flies and the year 2018 have passed by. 2018, the year of GDPR will always hold a special place in the history of preserving data privacy. When it came into existence, people assumed that things would change drastically. Though not drastically, things changed gradually. Don’t know whether the control of privacy has increased or not but the annoying pop ups have definitely increased.

However, a research says that the complaints related to data breach, consent and privacy have increased since the law took effect on. The general population has become more aware about the privacy of their data. It is believed and expected, that the year 2019 will experience a reform of great magnitude in this particular field.

GDPR is expected to undergo following changes to make this apparent law credible.

1. The uniformity in GDPR compliance

Though business from all sectors strived hard to reach the one-month target of GDPR launch still different business respond differently to the change. In simple words, achieving compliance in GDPR is like adding one more administrative process to your business. Incorporating it into your practices and processes will not be enough; you would have to incorporate it to your culture and everything you do. Slowly, it will become less burdensome and more achievable.

Complying with GDPR will help the companies to gain the trust of customers and thus overall business growth. The businesses that are in line with GDPR receive a leniency with the issues related to regulations. However, it doesn’t happen with the businesses that do not show any interest in GDPR. Remember, it’s never too late to start.

2. GDPR and big ethics

The seven key components of GDPR specify what a business should not do. It does not give any description about the processes. The GDPR will largely affect company ethics as companies will focus more on data mapping and data governance in order to get more information about data usage, storage and other essentials. Now, it has become necessary to anonymise the user of information before even identifying its worthiness.
This is a simple example how broad will be the effects of GDPR on the data ethics.

3. GDPR will be accompanied by other privacy laws

GDPR is not the lone development in the sector of data privacy regulation. There will be other laws and guidelines that will be launched soon. For example: The California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018. The data deletion guidelines are different in both the Acts. The new ePrivacy regulation acts will address the electronic communication medium as well. These regulations will soon address Internet-based voice and message apps like Whatsapp and messenger.

4. Regulators will gain more freedom in terms of some specific factors

It is expected that the regulators of GDPR will gain more concise over the year 2019 in terms of interpretation of the law. Earlier, they had none legal precedents to guide their actions but the case will change now. With the change of rule in November 2018, EU is not any more free to consent the companies use of cookies.

5. The risk of data breach could increase

Though the sole intention of GDPR is to protect consumer’s data yet surveys say that the risk of the need to comply with the GDPR creates a kind of internal distraction and most of the resources are used to take care of cybersecurity only.

However, this piece of work is just a sampling of how GDPR is expected to change the world of data. The year has just started and there is lot more to go.