The Road to GDPR: The Continuous Reform of EU Data Protection Rules

EU GDPR

There's no question - The European Commission cares about the protection of your data. From early 2012 until now, the European Commission, the Council, and the Parliament has continually met to update the laws and regulations regarding the data protection of its citizens. 

In this article we summarize the history of EU data protection.


25 January 2012, the European Commission proposed a comprehensive reform of data protection rules to increase users' control of their data and to cut costs for businesses. This EU Data Protection Reform consolidated the confusing and costly administrative burdens and saved businesses upwards of €2.3 billion per year.

13 May 2014, the Court of Justice of the European Union acknowledged that under existing European data protection legislation, EU citizens have the right to request internet search engines to remove search results directly related to them. This sparked a lively debate on the “right to be forgotten.”

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Are Your Cloud Apps GDPR Compliant?

Are Your Cloud Apps GDPR Compliant?

As you may know, the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be in full effect on May 25, 2018. As we discussed in a previous article, the aims of this regulation are to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons and to also ensure their right to protection of personal data as well as the free movement of said data.

The date may seem far away, but it gives just enough time for your organization to make the proper changes in the IT framework to comply. Gartner predicts that by the end of 2018, more than 50 percent of companies affected by the GDPR will not be in full compliance with its requirements. In order to subvert hefty fines and tarnished reputations - organizations should prepare for the regulation now.

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6 Major Changes That GDPR Brings to Your Company

6 Major Changes That GDPR Brings to Your Company

Many companies incorrectly believe that the GDPR doesn’t affect organizations outside of the European continent. Nothing could be more incorrect.

The European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, which will be enforced beginning in May 2018, will affect all organizations that handle Europeans' personal data - no matter where it is stored - Ohio, Singapore, or São Paulo.  

What is GDPR?

The aims of the regulation are to protect the fundamental rights and freedoms of natural persons and to enshrine their right to protection of their personal data as well as the free movement of these data (see Art. 1 GDPR).

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DevOps and the Cloud Are Essential to Digital Transformation

DevOps and the Cloud Are Essential to Digital Trasnformation

More and more companies are seeing the benefit of moving to the cloud, and for good reason. Cloud technology offers many benefits to better suit agile enterprises to spearhead digital transformation and keep their company competitive in the ever changing business environment.

It is imperative to design an agile IT architecture to prepare for fast-paced changes in the business landscape. Digital transformation has brought forth a need to be hyper respondent to the needs of our customers - which include rapid deployment of innovative products, services, and software.

Speed and agility are a byproduct of digital transformation but are often met with tension when it comes to traditional business practices. The development, testing, and deployment of new applications have been greatly affected by digital transformation. Previously, times to deployment varied greatly, as projects lingered in one of each stage while waiting for administrative advice or cumbersome bureaucratic orders.

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Microservices and SOA, DevOps, and Enterprise Architecture

Microservices and SOA, DevOps, and Enterprise Architecture

MICROSERVICES AND SOA

Service-oriented architecture (SOA) is a software design style in which components deliver services over a network via a communication protocol. SOA became popular around 2005, but has fallen out of favor in recent years while microservices have taken the IT world by storm. When microservices became more popular a few years ago, some people described them as "fine-grained SOA". Others said that microservices did what SOA was meant to do.

One problem with SOA was that it was too clumsy, too complex and, due to its many processes, too slow. While it initially reduced provider dependence, in the long term SOA could not support the democratization of IT. Ultimately, microservices were better able to integrate web services and thus had a clear advantage over SOA.

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