Think back to 2018, and for two years you’ve been working toward compliance with a new regulation called the General Data Protection Regulation. How did you feel? Most would say that at first the GDPR felt overwhelming; it’s strict and all-encompassing requirements placed a considerable burden on organizations – many of which had little idea where to start. Fast forward five years and the GDPR has been at the heart of some of the biggest privacy headlines in the world and changing the way businesses handle personal data.
With the anniversary of the GDPR’s entry into effect on May 25, 2023, comes an opportunity for us to reflect on the past five years and to look to the future and how GDPR might adapt to a rapidly evolving digital landscape. Visit the GDPR turns 5 celebration page to register for a range of webinars hosted by our Privacy Connect Chapter Chairs or join us on LinkedIn for a live session with Odia Kagan, reflecting on five years of the GDPR.
Explore this page to get more expert views on the GDPR’s past, present, and future as well as an infographic busting some of the most common GDPR myths. And, if you are looking for GDPR compliance tips, look no further than our “Getting started with GDPR compliance” eBook.
GDPR past, present, and future
The GDPR signaled a landmark moment for data protection and privacy law on a global level. Its origins can be traced back to the 1940s and concerns regarding individual privacy rights. The GDPR replaced the Data Protection Directive 1995 and greatly increased the scope and the data protection requirements for businesses covered by the regulation.