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GDPR compliance requirements don't come cheap

April 26, 2018 / Trevor Jones

GDPR has more teeth than any previous data privacy directive, but that looming threat hasn't motivated many companies to get their audit trail in order. Not ready for GDPR to go into effect next month? There's some good news and some bad news. The bad news: The European Union regulation has enough teeth to cripple a small or midsize organization for noncompliance. The good news, or perhaps the less-bad news: If you're not ready, you're far from alone. Cloud providers say their platforms are prepared for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance requirements, but that doesn't absolve users of their own responsibility under a regulation that will affect virtually any U.S. company with a presence in Europe. Many remain uncertain about compliance with the rules that go into effect May 28, and the sizeable costs to get in line with these rules could force substantial changes to companies' cloud architectures.