DRI Press Release -- GDPR: It's Coming, It's Expensive and Its's a Serious Problem for American Businesses

01 Mar 2018 1:21 PM | Kathi McKeown (Administrator)

For Immediate Release

For more information, contact:

Tim Kolly  | Director,

Center for Law and Public Policy

P: 312.698.6220 |  E: tkolly@dri.org

The following is a press released issued by DRI on February 23, 2018

GDPR: It’s Coming, It’s Expensive, and It’s a Serious Problem for American Businesses

DRI Guide Provides Free Help in Addressing Requirements of Europe’s General Data Protection Regulation

CHICAGO ­– (February 23, 2018)— Warning that there is little time to prepare for the May 25th deadline, DRI–The Voice of the Defense Bar, is publishing a guide to the hefty requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation and how to meet them. The publication was produced by DRI’s Center for Law and Public Policy.

Titled “What Is GDPR? If You And Your Clients Are Still Asking That On May 25, 2018, You May Have a Serious Problem” the guide explains the long reach of the regulation (it’s global), the serious and expensive preparation required for it, and the hefty financial penalties (up to 20 million Euros) for non-compliance.

The regulation applies to anyone who offers goods and services in the EU, or gathers, processes, stores, or uses data on EU citizens. “To show how extensive the reach of the GDPR is,” says DRI President John Kuppens, “consider the following example. Let’s say a “mom and pop” bookstore in Ohio sells a single book to a customer in France. By virtue of collecting payment information, the bookstore is now required to abide by the extensive and onerous requirements of the GDPR. I have to say that I’ve never seen anything like it.”

While the guide was produced for DRI’s 22,000 defense attorney members, as a public service, DRI is making it available free to the public on DRI’s web site at www.dri.org. As a practical tool, the publication includes a 3½ page checklist for users. “Just considering that the checklist is three and a half pages long with close to 50 steps to be accomplished, ought to tell American businesses, including law firms, that they need to seriously dig in to meet the May 25th deadline,” says DRI Executive Director John R. Kouris. “I say that from experience because we here at DRI are also subject to the GDPR because we have European members.”

The guide states that the GDPR applies to entities whether they have three employees or 300,000. An Irish official has warned that affected entities “whether they are big or small, public or private, the consequences for non-compliance will be significant.”

The guide in its entirety may be found here.  Its co-authors are DRI members Susan Gunter (Canada), Laura Fey (United States), Judy Krieg (United Kingdom), Winston Maxwell (France), John Magee (Ireland), and Tobias Schelinski (Germany). All are available for comment through Center Director Tim Kolly using the contact information above.


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