GDPR at One Year “After a Successful Start, Where do We Go from Here”?
Its been a year since the world’s most significant privacy law, Europe’s GDPR, went into force.
Politically, European authorities count it as a giant success, allowing them to position themselves as protecting Europeans’ privacy and setting a global standard to be followed. Consumers seem to love it. Companies, on the whole, seem able to live with it. On the other side of the Atlantic, the U.S. is beginning to wake up to the need to protect privacy in the online world. California has already passed what has been presented as a stronger version of Europe’s GDPR. A vigorous debate is taking place in Washington to draw up a Federal law.
Even so, much detail remains in how to fully implement GDPR. Commissioner Vera Jourova is planning a summit with Data Protection Agencies in June to help “fill in” the gaps of interpretation. At this almost anniversary event, we will judge the successes and failures of the law – and attempt to provide preliminary answers to the many remaining questions it poses.