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Should GDPR come to the US?

All of a sudden, Americans have found themselves deluged by so many emails promising updated privacy practices that these notices have reached meme status—and yet for many people, the underlying cause of this sudden hullabaloo has been a mystery.

The cause, of course, was GDPR—the General Data Protection Regulation in the European Union (EU), which went into effect on May 25th.

For Americans, this regulation understandably flew mostly under the radar, since after all, it’s European. However, most American companies were all too aware of the fact that they had to comply regardless, if they had any personal information on EU citizens.

In fact, any company, anywhere on the world with such information—say, any organization with an email mailing list that has someone from Europe on it—must comply with GDPR or face draconian fines and other enforcement measures.

Doesn’t the US already have regulations like GDPR?

The US is not without its own privacy regulations as well, of course. In fact, anti-spam legislation provides for some of the same controls that GDPR does—giving email recipients the right to opt out, for example.

Email, however, is only the tip of the GDPR iceberg. The regulation goes well beyond email, covering everything a company might do with personal information: collecting it, storing it, using it, and disseminating it.

In large part, GDPR regulations are stricter than the American equivalents—although this rule is not universal, as in some cases, US laws are even tougher than Europe’s.

For US firms who must comply with both GDPR and US laws, the question thus becomes one of consistency: what set of activities must a company undergo in order to be sufficiently compliant overall?

Read the entire article at https://www.apptio.com/emerge/trends/should-gdpr-come-us.

Copyright © Intellyx LLC. As of the time of writing, Apptio is an Intellyx customer. Intellyx retains final editorial control of this content.

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Jason Bloomberg is a leading IT industry analyst, Forbes contributor, keynote speaker, and globally recognized expert on multiple disruptive trends in enterprise technology and digital transformation. He is ranked #5 on Onalytica’s list of top Digital Transformation influencers for 2018 and #15 on Jax’s list of top DevOps influencers for 2017, the only person to appear on both lists.

As founder and president of Agile Digital Transformation analyst firm Intellyx, he advises, writes, and speaks on a diverse set of topics, including digital transformation, artificial intelligence, cloud computing, devops, big data/analytics, cybersecurity, blockchain/bitcoin/cryptocurrency, no-code/low-code platforms and tools, organizational transformation, internet of things, enterprise architecture, SD-WAN/SDX, mainframes, hybrid IT, and legacy transformation, among other topics.

Mr. Bloomberg’s articles in Forbes are often viewed by more than 100,000 readers. During his career, he has published over 1,200 articles (over 200 for Forbes alone), spoken at over 400 conferences and webinars, and he has been quoted in the press and blogosphere over 2,000 times.

Mr. Bloomberg is the author or coauthor of four books: The Agile Architecture Revolution (Wiley, 2013), Service Orient or Be Doomed! How Service Orientation Will Change Your Business (Wiley, 2006), XML and Web Services Unleashed (SAMS Publishing, 2002), and Web Page Scripting Techniques (Hayden Books, 1996). His next book, Agile Digital Transformation, is due within the next year.

At SOA-focused industry analyst firm ZapThink from 2001 to 2013, Mr. Bloomberg created and delivered the Licensed ZapThink Architect (LZA) Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) course and associated credential, certifying over 1,700 professionals worldwide. He is one of the original Managing Partners of ZapThink LLC, which was acquired by Dovel Technologies in 2011.

Prior to ZapThink, Mr. Bloomberg built a diverse background in eBusiness technology management and industry analysis, including serving as a senior analyst in IDC’s eBusiness Advisory group, as well as holding eBusiness management positions at USWeb/CKS (later marchFIRST) and WaveBend Solutions (now Hitachi Consulting), and several software and web development positions.