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GDPR: What It Means for US-based Companies

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OVERVIEW The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) was created to best uphold the fundamental personal information rights of individuals and further unify the member states of the EU in their endeavor to manage and protect data. The GDPR's predecessor, the Data Protection Directive (the Directive) was in place to afford similar protections to data subjects. However, since the Directive's adoption in 1995, we've seen tremendous changes to the technology landscape and a constancy of cross-boarder data transfers, and we've recognized that the protections offered through the previous legislation were antiquated and obsolete. With the introduction of the GDPR, individuals have been empowered like never before, and organizations bound to the new framework are starting to feel the weight of that.

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