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The General Data Protection Regulation and U.S. Public Libraries

by on May 24, 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European-Union (EU) wide regulation that unifies European data privacy laws and also codifies the personal data protection rights of residents. It was enacted to provide European citizens with full control over the data that is collected and stored about them. Even if your organization is not in the EU, the regulation affects how you handle the personal data of EU citizens. At its core, GDPR mandates that organizations demonstrate that they are protecting the personal data of their customers. If you even have just one Europe-based customer, failure to comply could result in large fines. The regulations go into effect on Friday, May 25, 2018.

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