Even though the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was implemented in 2018, the biggest discussion about the topic took place this year at Web Summit. For the speakers it was a consensus: the GDPR has been mainly important for public awareness. People are taking more care of their personal information, but it is yet just the beginning.
For the CEO of Wikipedia Katherine Maher, it’s important that in Europe “we have now the rights to know and request what we want from our data” – something that wasn’t happening before, referencing the Cambridge Analytica scandal in 2016.
Besides, GDPR has become the role model legislation for data protection in the world. With new laws coming soon in parts of the US and Latin America, all of them are taking the learnings from GDPR to make a better version of it. However, for Britanny Kaiser, the whistleblower of Cambridge Analytica, the fine applied to companies that don’t follow the new law has not been enough. “That’s criminal and the people who are responsible for it should go to the jail”.