European regulators not ready for new data privacy regulations: report

European regulators not ready for new data privacy regulations: report
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Multiple European regulators are reportedly unprepared for new data privacy regulations that are set to go into effect later this month.

Seventeen of 24 European authorities who responded to a Reuters survey reported they either did not yet have the necessary funding or would initially lack the proper authority to enforce General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is set to take effect on May 25.

The new regulation would significantly alter how major companies like Facebook, Google and others are allowed to collect consumer data. GDPR would be enforced across a network of national and regional regulators among European Union member countries.

“We’ve realized that our resources were insufficient to cope with the new missions given by the GDPR,” Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, president of France’s CNIL data privacy watchdog, told Reuters.

Most respondents said that they would reactively address complaints brought to them, but few said they would proactively look for GDPR abuses.

Though the rules only change data collection policies in Europe, they come amid an international debate over digital privacy sparked by Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which the now-defunct British research firm improperly harvested data from 87 million Facebook users.

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