Companies that collect data on citizens in European Union (EU) countries need to comply with strict new rules around protecting customer data. GDPR compliance has caused some concerns and new expectations of security teams. For example, the GDPR takes a wide view of what constitutes personal identification information. Companies need the same level of protection for things like an individual’s IP address or cookie data as they do for name, address and Social Security number.
The GDPR leaves much to interpretation. It says that companies must provide a “reasonable” level of protection for personal data, for example, but does not define what constitutes “reasonable.” This gives the GDPR governing body a lot of leeway when it comes to assessing fines for data breaches and non-compliance.