Written by Donnie MacColl of HelpSystems

Mark your calendar: May 24, 2018

What's happening? General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes effective in the European Union

GDPR means a life-changing way to how you will carry out your daily job—it is a continuous process, not a one-time task. You will not become GDPR compliant and then wait for an audit. You must constantly think and work within the legal framework of the General Data Protection Regulation.

Regardless of your role within IT, I recommend you become knowledgeable about GDPR as soon as you possibly can. This regulation will affect Chief Technology Officers to System Admins and all levels of seniority in between.

It will become as much part of your working life as having a cup of coffee is, and should be embraced. Think about your own personal data and how it can be used to identify you and how you would like it to be used.

I cannot emphasize enough how important GDPR is, although there seems to be little emphasis placed on it in the general news.

By preparing for GDPR now, you can anticipate its effects instead of being surprised.

Read more: What Does GDPR Mean to an IT Manager, CTO, or Systems Admin?