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Companies Stumble Amid Confusion Surrounding GDPR

Law360, London (March 15, 2019, 1:41 AM GMT) -- The effectiveness of Europe’s sweeping new data protection law is being cast into doubt as legal experts warn that companies are over-reporting to national regulators amid widespread confusion about what the rules really require.

The General Data Protection Regulation took effect in May, promising sweeping controls over the exchange of information and hefty fines of up to €20 million ($22.6 million) or more, depending on how much money the company makes. This has made businesses keen to meet its demands but uncertain about how to comply with a regime built around principles rather than detailed instructions.

"The GDPR has teeth, with the...

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