GDPR and the EU battle for awareness

As per EU reported information about 73% of Europeans are aware of at least one of the rights as data subjects.

GDPR was widely anticipated in certain sectors, but its impact is yet to lessen as data subjects become aware of their rights and enhance their materialisation.

Denmark, France, Luxembourg and other EU countries have seen their Data Protection Authorities (DPA) sending messages to the different industries preparing them for the end of the transition period. (Denmark DAP is awaiting for the court definition in fines, CNIL in France noted that this year sanctions will be larger and the CNDP in Luxembourg noted that inspections will come as from Q4 2019).

AT EU level, a survey was held over a sample of 27000 Europeans showing that 73% of them have heard about at least one of the rights as data subjects.

As per the rights itself, access comes first with 65%, rectification second with 61% and the position to direct marketing third with 59%.

In regards to the GDPR itself, 67% of the sample were aware of it.

Mrs. Vera Jouriva (Commissioner for Justice) noted that the data showed the the data protection notices and documentation remains long and hard to process making this a key issue for awareness.

The Commissioner urged data controllers to be precise, concise and clear as per the GDPR requirement, noting that such statements need to be easy to read and understand by all types of users.



Jaime Prieto

Mr. Jaime Prieto is a lawyer experienced in Financial Crime, Anti-Money Laundering and Counter Terrorism Financing having extensive professional experience in both public and private sectors. Mr. Prieto has been a Head of Compliance in the European Union, the Americas and the Caribbean for banks, trust companies, asset managers, Big Four audit and advisory firms, RegTechs, government agencies and other types of financial professionals. In addition to his experience, he has been legal and educational chair in several compliance and sectorial organisations and performed as a teacher and speaker for a number of organisations and in several local and international forums. Furthermore, Mr. Prieto is an experienced Money Laundering Reporting Officer anda Data Protection officer with additional experience in risk management.
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