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New European Data Privacy and Cyber Security Laws: One Year Later

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This has been a momentous year for data protection and information security regulation in Europe, with two landmark pieces of legislation taking effect. Together they represent a major shift in the European industry's approach to privacy and security compliance.

The long-awaited General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force in the European Union (EU) on May 25, 2018, attracting a huge amount of attention and prompting a flurry of email messages to customers on historic marketing lists.


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