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by Nigel Turner, VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

Data-privacy"All the world's a stage, and all the men and women merely players" is one of Shakespeare's most quoted lines. Spoken by the cynical & melancholy character Jaques in Act II of 'As You Like It' it reminds us that we strut our data management stuff against a constantly changing backdrop. If we don't keep aware of the scenery shifts we can easily get it wrong.

These thoughts struck me when I attended another excellent Data Management Association UK (DAMA UK) event on 2 April in Brentwood, east of London. The day had the central theme of Cloud Computing & Data Management, which encompassed many aspects of Cloud's positive and negative impacts on data, its management and its practitioners. Like so much of the changing business and IT scenery in which we all operate, Cloud's fundamental and radical changes to the way data is stored, processed & managed requires us to adapt our roles, whether in data governance, data quality, business intelligence, master data management, data architecture and so on.

But there was one session which made us all feel that we had better learn our lines, and quickly. This was delivered by Kawser Hamid, Lead Policy Officer at the UK's Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). The ICO enforce and monitor data protection and privacy laws in the UK, to ensure all adhere to the overall principles laid down in the European Union's stringent data protection regulations.

The ICO's session outlined new data protection and privacy regulations, expected to become law across the EU's 28 member states in 2015. If you think that the EU's current regulations are amongst the toughest in the world, wait until the new regulations bite. Included in its provisions are the need for companies to secure & prove they have explicit 'opt in' customer consent for marketing, giving all citizens the right to be forgotten (requiring deletion of all personal data held) and free citizen personal data request access. All breaches of these new stipulations, and to the updated & even tougher Data Protection Principles and Laws, must be reported within 72 hours and can also lead to fines up to 2% of a company's global turnover. Further details on the proposed legislation can be found on the European Commission's website.

And remember all these new regulations apply to any company or organisation that holds data within the EU, or stores personal data on EU citizens anywhere across the globe, so all the world will really be the stage. If you've not done so already, start rehearsing now. Opening night is looming and there's a new act to master.

Nigel Turner Nigel Turner
VP Information Management Strategy, Trillium Software

Nigel Turner works with Trillium Software clients to start, expand and accelerate their enterprise data quality initiatives. He spent much of his career at British Telecommunications plc (BT) where he led an internal enterprise wide data quality improvement programme. This ten year programme was praised by Gartner, Forrester, Ovum Butler and others both for its approach and proven benefits. Nigel has published several papers on data management and is a regular invited speaker at CRM and Information Management events. He is also a part time lecturer at Cardiff University where he teaches data management.

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