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Industry Leaders set Ambitious Agenda for Europe

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Nov. 2, 2016

Representatives of many of Europe’s leading information destruction firms met in Barcelona on 14 October to learn more about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will go into effect in 2018.

All agree that the GDPR will dramatically affect the way secure data destruction service operate, as well as significantly improving demand for the services from vendors with the proper qualifications. Included among the provisions of GDPR are mandatory breach notification, fines up to 2% of an organization global annual sales, and a mandated enforcement regime that is consistently applied across all EU member countries.

Barcelona Summit resulted in a list of concrete actions, including:

  • The engagement of professional representation to advocate for recognition of industry standards,
  • The development of six language-specific websites (German, Spanish, French, Italian, English, Dutch) for use by members to educate clients on their new liabilities and requirements under the GDPR, and
  • Holding a no-frills conference next May in Luxembourg where policy makers and data protection experts will explain to members first-hand how they can best capitalize on the new regulatory environment.

At the Barcelona Summit, NAID CEO Bob Johnson said the GDPR has the potential to double or triple the demand for services just like it did in the U.S. market 10 years ago.

Johnson added that the key to success is being prepared in advance which is where NAID will focus its member education over the coming 18 months.