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For those of us who are in the business of computing and information technology, the hot-button topic of discussion across the Internet is the passing and enforcement of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is the European Union’s attempt at giving Internet users more control over their data (including where that data can be stored and used) as well as offering businesses a standardized set of rules that must be followed to gain access to an EU market. According to ZDNet, the new legislation has far-reaching implications for businesses and individuals across Europe. The part of the regulation that causes a lot of thorns is Article 32: Security of Processing. From the EU GDPR itself, this particular article states:

“Taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, the controller and the processor shall implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk…”

Let’s break down this block of text and see exactly what is required to have GDPR compliance and how we …

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