The year of 2018 will be remembered as a turning point for companies who collect, store and process information that belongs to other people. Legislation is finally catching up with the concept of electronic data having a value to the owner and to those who collect and process it. As such, regulations like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are being introduced to protect the individual in a similar way to how consumers are protected when they purchase or use physical systems.
The internet has gone through three revolutions since the 1970’s. The first being the building of the network itself. Pioneers in the fields of computer science and networking developed protocols so that one computer could send and receive messages to other computers on that same network.
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