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UK data protection laws to be overhauled - Industry Comment

August 2017 by Kirill Kasavchenko, Principal Security Technologist, EMEA at Arbor Networks

Following the release of the initial government proposal legislating for GDPR, please see below comments from Kirill Kasavchenko, Principal Security Technologist, EMEA at Arbor Networks.

“The world is becoming increasingly digitised, which means that personal data is often collected every single day. Whenever data is collected and stored, there is always a risk that it might be vulnerable to a cyber threat. So it’s great to see the UK getting ahead of the curve, with an ambition to legislate the most robust set of data laws in the world.

“Any responsible company will see measures that empower individuals to have agency over their own data as a good thing. Some companies might face a huge challenge getting internal policies up to speed in the short-term, but the long term protection these regulations will bring for clients, customers and prospects will be worth the initial efforts. The security industry have long advocated storing only essential data – organisations operating within the UK will now be compelled to review how data is gathered, stored, processed and shared. Doing so will make it that bit harder for cyber criminals to target UK companies.”

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