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Jul 12, 2018

With the GDPR now being enforced in the European Union, there are plenty of companies that are getting concerned about the potential fines from regulatory authorities if they aren't complying with the law, or at least, making an attempt. There certainly is leeway for regulators to adjust fines or give warnings if a company is making efforts to comply. This has likely contributed to the work inside many organizations to move towards compliance.

There are likely some companies that might not worry, since there are relatively few regulatory employees and many companies. There are lots of complaints coming in, which could easily overwhelms the relatively small staff in each EU country. Complaints might not be investigated in a timely manner or even lost because of the workload. The problem will likely get worse as more consumers complain about data processing practices. I don't expect regulatory authority staffing to increase, so I'm sure only the most aggregious or complained about companies will get caught.

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