GDPR Compliance: Building on the Past, Preparing for the Future

With its sweeping scope, demanding requirements and significant enforcement fines, the European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is not quite like any other privacy regulation—which can make compliance with it seem quite a daunting proposition. But it’s important to remember that even though many aspects of the regulation are unprecedented, GDPR didn’t come out of nowhere. An understanding of the regulatory environment from which it emerged and the rules from which it evolved can help organizations as they consider how to meet its requirements now, and as they look ahead, what it will require of them in the future.