GDPR: Europe takes lead

The regulation out of Brussels, due to go into effect May 25, harmonises rules across the world’s largest trading bloc and gives greater rights to individuals over how their data is used. But questions swirl about whether or not companies are ready for the changes

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Privacy campaigner files complaints against tech giants over EU’s new rules on customer data

Rush to comply with data deadline also triggers crash at UK regulator

Experts say restricted access to data will hit battle against counterfeits

We also need technology to work with consumers, not against them

Law forces companies to focus on how we treat the digital age’s most valuable assets

Andrea Jelinek defends resources as privacy groups line up first actions

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