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Recognizing Employee Data Privacy With less than six months left for GDPR to come into effect, Michael DesRochers, Founder and Managing Director at PoliteMail Software explains how HR teams must prepare for the incoming EU General Data Protection Legislation. Less than a year away, on May 25, 2018, companies with employees based within the European Union (EU) must be in full compliance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The intent of the GDPR is to assure the privacy of EU residents and facilitate the appropriate use and secure transfer of personal data. The GDPR enhances the prior EU Data Protection Directive by better defining what constitutes personal data, adding breach notification requirements and significant penalties for non-compliance. The GDPR requirements are also far broader than the previous legislation and includes consent requirements to collect personal data and data protection requirements for cloud service providers.