January 28th is International Data Privacy Day and serves as a reminder of the growing importance of data in our organisations and how we must protect it.
Information security management is no longer driven by the fear of security breaches alone. There is now a growing urgency to meet stringent data privacy requirements of legislation, such as the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Failure to do so could soon result in hefty fines for non-compliance.
The scene has been set as the next major framework in EU privacy regulations was formally proposed and published* on 10th January 2017 by the European Commission in Brussels.
The new Privacy and Electronic Communications (e-Privacy) Regulation, if implemented, would update current rules on the confidentiality of electronic communications. It aims to bring over-the-top service providers ("OTT") within scope of the EU's e-Privacy laws for the first time.