AvePoint Partners with the Centre for Information Policy Leadership to Benchmark Global Readiness for the EU GDPR

Post Date: 04/19/2016
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The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is approved and will significantly alter the EU data protection landscape. Are you ready for it? We want to know!

What Does the GDPR Mean for Your Organization?

Along with enhanced rights for individuals, stricter data processing conditions, and new data security breach notification obligations, the GDPR will require significant changes to organizations’ privacy programs in order to ensure compliance. In addition, the GDPR will impose possible fines of up to four percent of annual worldwide revenue, and grant European privacy regulators enhanced enforcement powers.

This will increase the risks of non-compliance and overall privacy and security risks for enterprises. Given the pervasiveness of business activities depending on personal data processing and the steady digitalization of society, data privacy compliance is expected to become a key priority for all organizations.

Join Our Global GDPR Readiness Survey

This week, AvePoint has joined forces with the Centre for Information Policy Leadership (CIPL), a global privacy policy think tank at Hunton & Williams LLP, to launch the first global survey to benchmark organizations’ readiness for the GDPR.

The survey focuses on the key areas of GDPR, such as:

  • Consent
  • Age of consent for children
  • Legitimate interest
  • Data portability
  • Profiling
  • Privacy impact assessments
  • Privacy by design
  • Data protection officers
  • Data breach reporting
  • Onwards transfer of data

The results, which will be kept anonymous, will be analyzed and used to publish an extensive overview on GDPR readiness broken down by factors such as industry vertical, revenue size, and regions so companies can compare their level of preparedness against their peers. This will ultimately help them determine the best path forward and provide insight into the right resources and budgetary allocation to meet their compliance goals.

We will also include recommendations for preparing for the immediate impact of the regulation, including compliance best practices from industry experts. This benchmark should provide insight not only for Chief Privacy and Data Protection Officers who are looking to ramp up their privacy programs, but also for Chief Information Officers, Chief Information Security Officers, Business Leaders, and all Executive Leadership within organizations that will be subject to the GDPR. It will help them understand the task that ahead as well as key areas of investment as they bring their organizations forward to comply with the regulation.

The first report is expected to be ready June 2016, and we plan to repeat the survey annually to track progress.

What’s Next?

If you are interested in participating, take the survey.


Dana Louise Simberkoff is the Chief Risk, Privacy and Information Security Officer at AvePoint. She is responsible for AvePoint’s privacy, data protection, and security programs. She manages a global team of subject matter experts that provide executive level consulting, research, and analytical support on current and upcoming industry trends, technology, standards, best practices, concepts, and solutions for risk management and compliance. Ms. Simberkoff is responsible for maintaining relationships with executive management and multiple constituencies both internal and external to the corporation, providing guidance on product direction, technology enhancements, customer challenges, and market opportunities. Ms. Simberkoff has led speaking sessions at data privacy and security events around the globe. She was featured in Forbes, writes a monthly column for CMSWire, and was highlighted in the CSO Online list of “12 Amazing Women in Security”. She is a current member of the Women Leading Privacy Advisory Board and a past member of the Education Advisory Board for the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). Ms. Simberkoff holds a BA from Dartmouth College and a JD from Suffolk University Law School. LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danalouisesimberkoff/en Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/danalouise

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