What is the GDPR
and what are his consequences?
It’s been 136 days since the GDPR has officially come into effect and no, contrary to the opinion of most corporations, the big bad GDPR has not brought down the world, no one has gone bankrupt and no huge fines have been imposed.
The GDPR does what it was meant to do, reform and strengthen data protection on a European level.
The goal was to give consumers power over their own data again, and that is exactly what the GDPR does. Consumers can request that their data is deleted any time they want, they can also see and receive every bit of data that corporations have stored on them, and they can opt out of sharing it at any time.
If businesses had acted ethically from the beginning and paid attention to the data of their consumers, this would never have been an issue.
However, as so often, most corporations did not, and so the legislator was forced to step in. The EU even gave more than 2 year’s time to implement the GDPR, nevertheless on the 25thof May the media was filled with angry CEO’s claiming that the regulation was “excessive”.
The uproar was vast, corporations were claiming that the costs and effort are too much to bear, but a bit of time has passed, and it now seems like the dust has settled.
The GDPR however has already proven one thing, corporations and students are not so different: no matter how much time they are given, they only start doing the work when their deadline comes calling.