The intention of this blog is to communicate with people who don't speak "Data". Unfortunately, I'm a data geek, and so I struggle to speak "human." I get a "deer in the headlights look" when I use phrases like "Big Data", or "Open Data" and my friends say, "huh?" How to communicate everything that's changed in the world of the internet, and the digitization of information is challenging because language develops around experience, and technical language is precise. What's really interesting is being in the midst - literally - of the development of a new global language because of technical change. However, that makes translating back to non-technical language even more challenging.
Volume, Velocity, Variety
I just received a Microsoft marketing email "Prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation" and it occurred to me that this might be the first time smaller U.S. businesses or organizations become aware of this new regulation. A distribution list like Microsoft, or Apple, could create a unified awareness in the U.S. of such a regulation more than newspapers or blog entries, television, or business journals. My experience is that many small U.S. entities are unaware of this far-reaching regulation and are unprepared for the impact to their business.
So welcome newcomers to the world of GDPR. I always open my blog entries on this topic the caveats that I am not "Certified" in "Data Protection" , nor am I a lawyer specializing in data protection or contracts. We at Vizzy Solutions and Dirty Data Girl operate as "data processors" in the GDPR classification system. Caveat aside, the Regulation Article 28 does make it a processor's responsibility to "assist the controller..." And it is at this moment exactly where my concern for smaller U.S. companies comes in. If you're asking yourself "What is a controller?" right now, that should indicate to you how far behind you are in being prepared to respond to this globally affecting regulation which becomes enforceable May 25, 2018.