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The GDPR replaces the 1995 EU Data Directive (“Directive”) and will apply to organizations involved in the “processing” of the “personal data” of individual EU citizens. The GDPR replaces the 1995 EU Data Directive (“Directive”) and will apply to organizations involved in the “processing” of the “personal data” of individual EU citizens. (Photo: Shutterstock)

When finally effective on May 25, 2018, the European Union’s long-anticipated General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will dramatically expand the scope of entities covered by the European data protection framework, imposing EU regulation on a wide range of U.S. companies that utilize the personal information of EU individuals in their businesses but were not previously subject to EU data protection protocols.

While many U.S. companies have recognized and are prepared to meet this considerable new compliance challenge, others remain unaware of the obligations it will impose (or, in some cases, of the GDPR’s very existence) or have simply forgotten. This is true despite the fact that many of these entities are generally aware of privacy protection-related risk, and maintain privacy and network security (“cyber”) insurance coverage to protect against such risk.

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