Everyone working with Big Data should know GDPR. Here’s why.

Everyone working with Big Data should know GDPR. Here’s why. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on May 25th, 2018. It can easily be stated that GDPR is the most significant change in data privacy of the last decade, or maybe even ever. The legislation is now in effect for more than one year. Initially, we saw a hype of three to four weeks, in which organization took lots of efforts to make their organization ‘GDPR-Proof.’ Websites were vigorously updated, and disclaimers and notifications were added everywhere, as the new regulation requires a published policy. However, now that we are one year further, interest in GDPR has greatly dropped. Not just because I say so, but have a look at the graph below from Google Trends. The graph shows world-wide search volume for the term “GDPR” from January 1st, 2018 to today. I think we can therefore state, to put it in today’s terminology, that GDPR is no longer a “trending topic.” Figure 1: Global Search Volumes for "GDPR" since January 2018, analysed with Google Trends This analysis from Google Trends is backed up by my own experience and observations as well. I have the pleasure of assisting companies with their Big Data challenges, and in that capacity I meet clients from many different industries. I always ask [...]