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Will the GDPR Stifle Digital Innovation?

In general, more regulation is a good thing. Regulation is what's given us life-improving innovations like the 8-hour workday, and the weekend. It's given us child labor laws, fair wages, cleaner air and water, and healthier food. There's no denying that regulation is, in general, a good thing—but will the GDPR specifically improve our lives, or could it stifle digital innovation?

3 Ways the General Data Protection Regulation Might Have Been a Whole Lot Worse

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is coming, and every commentator says that it represents a huge upheaval in the world of information privacy. They say that, but there have been other occasions where the European Union's Information Commissioner Office has put out some regulations that made barely a ripple. Worse, some proposals have been outright ludicrous, and had they been enacted the foundations of the Internet may have crumpled.

The GDPR Compliance Deadline is Nearly Upon Us—What Does this Mean for Email?

If you aren’t already in the know, GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation . The EU has had a mixed bag in terms of its efforts to regulate Internet privacy—for example, there’s the time they tried to ban people under 16 years old from using social media—but fortunately, the GDPR doesn’t go quite as far as that. Here are its main tenants:

You've Been Audited —Is your PCI DSS, SOX & HIPAA Compliance in Order?

title="" width="180" height="110"> You're an IT guy, and the auditor is coming tomorrow. Although PCI DSS is different from SOX which in turn is different from HIPAA, each of these compliance regimes has a common origin , and covers a similar set of concerns. Here are a few things that you may want to look out for.

Ensuring Your Security Solutions are NIST 800-53 Compliant

In our ongoing series on compliance and security, we've covered the history of information security compliance, compliance regimes in general, and how to prepare for a SOX audit. Now, let's move on to the catchily-named NIST 800-53. This security standard covers all federal organizations, except for those under the purview of the defense agencies, and all non-governmental agencies who wish to work with the U.S. government.

SOX Compliance: Too Important to Ignore

SOX compliance, while similar in some respects to both HIPAA and PCI, represents one of the most rigorous compliance standards currently applied to US companies. It is rigorous because it has to be.

A History of Information Security and Compliance

title="" width="180" height="110">While the modern era of computing started in 1969, the first year that two computers were ever connected over a WAN, the era of information security didn't start until 1983.

HIPAA Compliance and Certification in the USA

From time to time you’re likely hearing references to HIPAA compliance and certification in the context of the health care system. So, like me, you are probably wondering what it means and how it has impact on you and your medical providers.

 

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