In an increasingly data-driven world, keeping personal data private is becoming more difficult. A new European Union (EU) regulation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on 25 May 2018 and is expected to have a far-reaching impact on how business is conducted worldwide with respect to the collection and use of personal data.
IEEE is a global organization that serves its volunteers, members, customers, and the public and is committed to respecting the privacy of individuals as well as keeping their personal data secure. IEEE has been carefully reviewing the GDPR. Among the steps IEEE has taken is the formation of a cross-organizational task force that is working to ensure consistency in how volunteers, members, and professional staff worldwide collect and use personal data.