BEERG: Survey Suggests EU Regulators Unready for Data Protection Launch

May 11, 2018

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation, which comes into effect this month, has run into a problem: of 24 regulators who responded to a Reuters survey, 17 reported not having the necessary funding or powers to fully enforce it.

The BEERG Global Labor Newsletter relates: "Though the GDPR is a Regulation, i.e., an EU-wide legal act that is enforceable as law in all member states simultaneously, many individual member states have been slow in updating their existing domestic legislation to align with the GDPR."

Massive public relations blitz – BEERG further reports: “Over the last few months there have been thousands of advertisements appearing across all media advising the public in general and companies in particular to make sure they were prepared for the GDPR.  Most days you cannot open your email inbox without finding two or three advising you of changes to policy or information collection due to the GDPR.”

And yet:  “Curious therefore, with all these public information programmes and just over two weeks to go before the GDPR goes live, to read the Reuters’ report that it is the data protection authorities who will likely find themselves unprepared when we reach May 25th.”

Read the full BEERG Global Labor Newsletter.