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Brexit and the GDPR – why leaving the EU will make life harder for enterprises

From Computerworld UK

"Spit five feet inside the IT department of a larger organisation right now and you'll hit someone with a reasonable claim to dislike the onerous EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

Styled as the most significant piece of privacy law yet enacted, few would argue that most large organisations affected by it have had to invest serious time and stress staying on the right side of a regulation that has the power to hit them with fines of up to 4% of turnover for serious breaches when it comes into force in 2018.

But here’s the rub: according to a range of experts polled by Computerworld UK, Brexit wouldn't make a jot of difference. Organisations currently affected by it will still have to implement the GDPR or face a range of negative consequences including added costs, unwanted complexity and, potentially, business exclusion. Worse, even those who meet its demands after Brexit could find demonstrating compliance turns into a long and fraught experience.

It’s no surprise that Brexit advocates aren’t fans. The EU loads Britain with too much costly regulation, they argue, and there can surely be no bigger, badder example of that than the GDPR. But if the UK votes to leave the EU, the strong consensus is that UK enterprises will still face having to implement the most far-reaching piece of privacy law in European business history without the UK’s national government having any guaranteed input into its future direction.”

Read more at Computerworld UK


NCC Weekly News Update 14 June 2016 

 

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