How New Regulation to Protect Your Privacy Will Affect You

IEEE is taking steps to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation

8 February 2018

A number of countries are enacting stronger laws and regulations designed to protect your personal data. One new regulation, originating in the European Union, is expected to have far-reaching implications worldwide on how organizations such as IEEE conduct business.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect on 25 May, aims to protect individual privacy and empower people to have greater control over their online presence and personal information, including how their data is shared and used. The GDPR also places new obligations on organizations that market, track, or handle personal data.

In some cases, the GDPR requires IEEE to obtain consent from members in order to continue to send them certain communications. During the next few months, IEEE will be reaching out to you to obtain your preferences and consent so that you can continue to receive the information you would like.

IEEE has been carefully reviewing its policies and business processes that involve personal data. IEEE is strengthening its operations and data governance policies to protect the privacy and personal data of individuals. Other actions include modifying existing software applications and providing training to staff and volunteers.

IEEE is working to ensure that both volunteers and staff are able to communicate with all of our audiences in a GDPR-compliant and efficient manner.

IEEE values your membership and cares about your privacy. IEEE wants to continue to provide you with updates, information on new programs, products and services, and other opportunities that you wish to receive from the organization. The Institute will keep you updated on steps IEEE takes toward compliance under the new GDPR regulation.

IEEE membership offers a wide range of benefits and opportunities for those who share a common interest in technology. If you are not already a member, consider joining IEEE and becoming part of a worldwide network of more than 400,000 students and professionals.

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