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Spring 2017

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56 PEER TO PEER: THE QUARTERLY MAGAZINE OF ILTA | SPRING 2017 A Consistent Approach In late 2015, aer years of debate among industry, academic, human rights and political leaders, the Council and Parliament of the EU agreed on a revised framework for the protection of personal data belonging to EU residents. This new framework, the GDPR (Regulation 2016/679), ushers in a more consistent approach to enabling digital commerce and enforcing effective personal data protection practices for organizations doing business in the EU, including law firms and other service organizations. The GDPR replaces the Data Protection Directive (Regulation 95/46/EC), enacted in 1995. As the complexity and distribution of global digital commerce increased in the years following the Directive's enactment, critics began to express concerns about its weaknesses. Foremost was that the Directive did Following the recent enactment by the European Union (EU) of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), law firms providing services to EU residents may be faced with new compliance requirements ahead of the 2018 effective date. Technology leaders need to ensure that their firm's data privacy and security controls meet the GDPR's stringent requirements and that they have a clear plan to meet the approaching deadline. by Adam Stone Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation

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