Taking back control with the GDPR

Over the last few weeks I’ve been busy making sure the code I’ve written for various web sites is compliant with the new GDPR regulation which comes into effect in the next few days. All member states of the EU need to be compliant by virtue of their membership, and as I’ve been making changes I though about the situation we will be in in just under a year’s time.

I also though about the much repeated slogan of the referendum and how, by voting to leave, we would be taking back control.

When we get past March 29th 2019, and are no longer a member state of the EU will we be able to ignore the GDPR regulations and not worry about privacy etc? Well of course we won’t. We will still be bound by the same regulation because we want our e-commerce sites to be usable to customers in the EU. If that weren’t the case why would companies in the US, Austrailia, India, China etc be making their sites GDPR compliant as I type this?

So what happens in a few years time when there are changes made to the GDPR regulation? We can’t ignore them, we have to comply – but we also can’t influence them. By leaving the EU, will have basically given up our right to influence rules which we will be bound to implement. So how is that taking back control?

I think the majority of brexiteers act as though once we leave the EU it will no longer be part of our lives and we can ignore it.

That’s just crazy – irrespective of whether we are members or not it will still be there and it will still be a major rule setter, it’s just we won’t be part of the rule setting process.

Perhaps that is why many brexiteers still keep plugging away at the mantra that the EU is finished and it will be gone in a couple of years – they desperately hope so because otherwise the obvious conclusion people will draw is that they have been hoodwinked.

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