Full speed ahead on EU data protection reform

Mon, 17/02/2014 - 13:14
Cloud Services

The European Commission aims to conduct a comprehensive reform of the EU’s Data Protection rules in order to strengthen the data privacy rights of consumers. Europe needs to adopt much harsher penalties for businesses that breach Data Protection laws.

EU Justice Commissioner, Viviane Reding, highlighted the lack of severity in the penalties, noting that although France and Spain have both fined Internet giant, Google, these finals totalled up to 0.0003% of Google’s global turnover. Quite clearly barely an indent, and described well by Reding as “pocket money”.

A proposal to update data protection regulations and to tighten restrictions on the use and flow of data has kept EU officials at loggerheads for months, with the deadline of May 2014 likely to be extended. Current suggestions include that should a company fail to comply with the new data protection rules, they could be fined up to 5% of total revenue. Currently, the exact proposals for the new regulation are unknown, however it is clear that the regulations will be policed heavily.

Redstor is a market leader in providing security, storage and disaster recovery services to the public and private sector. Our range of secure and encrypted cloud services are already protecting the data of over 10,000 organisations across the UK. Redstor’s secure, off-site backup service ensures data is safely backed up offsite in an encrypted format. Our file sync and share service, Centrastor, enables organisations to store and share files securely online from any device with an Internet connection and our CentraStage service enables support providers to guarantee that devices they support are regularly audited, patched and safely up-to-date for effective unified endpoint management. Our Disaster Recovery service guarantees to have your systems up and running within minutes following a disaster. To find out more about our services and how we can help you comply with data protection laws and prevent data leakage, please contact us either by giving us a ring on 01189 515 200 or emailing [email protected].

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