What do Linux system administrators need to know about the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a European Union law that applies not only to EU companies, but also to all companies collecting and processing the personal data of EU residents. The sanctions for breaching the GDPR are enormous (up to $24 million or 4% of the annual global turnover, whichever is greater). It is not a coincidence that the U.S. top 500 companies are expected to spend $7.8 billion to comply with the GDPR.

In this article, we will provide a brief overview of the GDPR in the context of Linux system administration and discuss six steps Linux system administrators may take to comply with the GDPR.

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