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GDPR doesn’t go far enough, IT leaders say

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For all the havoc it caused, GDPR (opens in new tab) isn’t doing a good enough job regulating the handling and protection of data, IT leaders across the globe agree.

According to a new report from Snow Software, almost all IT leaders and employees consider GDPR insufficient and can see the value of tighter regulations. This sentiment has also grown over the last twelve months, with three quarters of employees saying the same.

The two areas that most demand heightened scrutiny are data protection and cybersecurity, with the latter being of utmost importance to IT leaders. Data collection and encryption, as well as competition and universal connectivity, were also highlighted as potential problem areas.

While the current state of technology regulation has made IT professionals hopeful, this feeling was not shared by the wider workforce. Less than a third (29 percent) of employees felt hopeful about data regulation in 2019, and even fewer felt the same way this year (26 percent).

GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation (opens in new tab), is a set of rules and regulations enforced across the European Union since 2018. Its goal was to keep organizations that harvest and share EU-based customer data in check, to make sure they protect their customers’ privacy and defend the data from theft and abuse.

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.