March 2018 SM Online
Print Issue: March 2018
EUROPEAN UNION DATA RULES
New EU data protection rules are set to go into effect in May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to give citizens control of their personal data, according to the European Parliament. Many businesses wrongly assume that the GDPR does not apply to them because they're not based in Europe. Others may not understand the scope of GDPR and are struggling to become compliant. The International Association of Privacy Professionals says that the global 500 will spend $7.8 billion on GDPR compliance out of a combined annual revenue of $26 trillion.
Two-thirds of U.S. companies report an increase in fraud attempts over the past 12 months, according a study issued by IDology, an Atlanta-based identity verification firm. The Fifth Annual Fraud Report: A New Landscape Emerges says that first-party fraud grew the most.
An October 2017 report from the National Fire Protection Association breaks down the total cost of fire damage in the United States. The study is a "response to an increased demand for data to aid decision making in fire protection at the strategic and operational levels," according to the executive summary.
In a December 2017 article, Reuters identified 104 cases of prisoners who died after being shocked with Tasers.
Former Volkswagen executive Oliver Schmidt was sentenced to the maximum prison term of seven years and fined $400,000 for his role in the car manufacturer's emissions scandal.
U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced a bill that would require companies to disclose data breaches within 30 days of becoming aware of the breach.
Testing. The U.S. Department of Transportation published a final rule that changes drug testing requirements and adds new substances to its drug testing panel.
The United States has experienced 219 natural disasters since 1980 that reached or exceeded $1 billion in damage costs, according to a new analysis by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Centers for Environmental Information.
What constitutes online harassment? And when should social media platforms intervene? The Pew Research Center found that Americans are divided over these questions.