Does GDPR Apply in the US?
Yes. GDPR (European Union General Data Protection Regulation) is a comprehensive new law protecting the data privacy of EU citizens. GDPR took effect on May 25, 2018. It consists of 99 articles and will have sweeping impact on U.S. enterprises. It requires that all EU personal data be handled according to the GDPR Data Protection Principles. These includes the famous "right to be forgotten," as well as transparency, data portability, breach notification, information security, etc. If you have a public facing website that collects user data and operates in EU countries, it is not too late to get advice.
Legally Defensible GDPR Compliance
If your organization processes the personal data of EU citizens, you need to take immediate steps to evaluate whether your organization is impacted by the GDPR. Penalties for noncompliance are not automatic but good faith efforts could mitigate risk. All inquiries are completely confidential and covered by the attorney-client communications privilege. Even if you have not started mapping data, we can provide you with a top-level risk evaluation and help you get started in the right direction. It is important to document good-faith compliance efforts.
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