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WHOIS Behind Cyberattacks? Under GDPR, We May Not Know

May 8, 2018

The goal of the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is, among other things, to standardize data protection laws applicable to EU data subjects. Aimed at enhancing privacy protection, the enforcement of the regulation becomes effective on May 25.

GDPR’s implementation on an issue relevant to the cybersecurity industry may well have negative consequences that, ironically, run contrary to its original intent. These consequences could include a significant increase in cyberattacks, online fraud, and spam. At IBM, we are among many groups and individuals calling for European regulators to work with the right parties to ensure security teams continue to have access to the data they need to help stop cybercrime through a discussion of possible consequences and remedies.

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