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The Long Arm of the Law: GDPR's Impact on HR Data

June 2018 | Research Report

Although the European Union’s (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect on May 25, 2018, many companies have only begun taking steps to comply, and most still have a long way to go. Human capital data, much of which qualifies as “sensitive,” must be protected more vigorously than other kinds of data. At the same time, both the volume and business value of HC data have dramatically increased. It’s not always clear what the impact of the regulation will be on data processing, especially on HC analytics. What’s HR’s role in protecting the personal data of employees, applicants, and contingent workers under GDPR?



Mary B. Young, D.B.A.

Principal Researcher, Human Capital
The Conference Board


Marion Devine

Senior Human Capital Researcher, Europe
The Conference Board


Amy Ye

Researcher, Human Capital
The Conference Board



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