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The PwC DPO voice - The GDPR final countdown

N°17 - May 2018 edition

3, 2, 1…

Da-da-daaa-daaa ... Da-da-da-da-daaa ... Da-da-daaa-daaa ... Da-da-da-da-daaa ... Daaa ... Da-da-daaa ... Da-da-da-da-da-da-da daaa-daaa ... And so on.

Doesn’t this throbbing intro, worthy of a genuine Bontempi 49-key keyboard, remind you of anything? What if I tell you that one minute and 20 seconds into the music video, the keyboard gives way to an almost mystical howling sound produced by the charismatic Rolf Magnus Joakim Larsson (who, as his fans will tell you, is better known as Joey Tempest), wearing tight-fitting leather trousers and jumping up and down like a goat to make his curly blond mop spin to the sound of his rock-metal riffs (for the benefit of teenage girls, who were all favourable to his cause)? Still doesn’t ring a bell?

Admittedly, as French singer Charles Aznavour once sang, "I’m talking to you about an era that no one under 20 could possibly comprehend,"[1] but they are still one of Sweden’s best-known bands and, moreover, have a name that is relevant to the topic that we are discussing. Exactly, you’ve got it: the legendary Europe with their unforgettable Final Countdown!

Every time I think of 25 May 2018, the day on which the EU Regulation on the protection of natural persons with regard to the treatment of personal data ("GDPR") will enter into force, I am reminded of this musical masterpiece, accompanied by memories of pure, care-free teenage years, the guaranteed imminence of the inevitable, the unrestrained passage of time, the reality of assignment deadlines, the death of everything and the birth of everything else.

[1] This is an approximate English translation. The original French lyrics are: "Je vous parle d’un temps que les moins de vingt ans ne peuvent pas connaître."

The year 2 bug (after the publication of the GDPR)

Doubts will arise and fundamental questions will be asked about the switch to the dark side; there will be a tipping point in the GDPR era.

Are we ready? Have we made the right decisions? Do we risk sinking into a painful post-partum depression upon the conclusion of these long months of intense creation?

Will 25 May 2018 write itself into the annals as a key date in the history of humanity - like 21 April 753 BC, when Rome was created; 5 January 1592, when the fifth Mughal Emperor, Shah Jahan (who had the Taj Mahal built as a gesture of love for his wife, who died in childbirth) was born; 14 July 1789, the date of the Storming of the Bastille in France; 3 September 1928, when Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin; or 5 November 1955, when Dr Emmett Brown unveiled the flux capacitor, which made time travel possible?

But for whom does the bell toll?

No question is harder to answer than this. In any case, far from millenarian notions (whether they be religious or secular), one thing is indisputable: the final countdown, in the form of sand falling through Chronos’s hourglass and sharpened scythe, has already begun. With it comes the news that all this intense dialectical alchemy that - from the perspective of a goldfish memory, has united us since time immemorial - has ceased.

The DPO’s monthly newsletter is now bowing out. As the clouds pass overhead on this spring morning, the newsletter is leaving for good, taking with it this willingness to raise awareness, create lines of thought, and find different ways of approaching a fascinating, yet sometimes dry, topic.

… And off we go.

Cédric Nédélec
Data Protection Officer


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