Online Learning Update

November 9, 2017

E.U. Data-Protection Law Looms

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:06 am

By Lindsay McKenzie, Inside Higher Ed

American universities and colleges warned to heed European data-protection rules — or face millions of dollars in fines. U.S. colleges and universities under the impression that new European data-protection laws won’t affect them have been urged to think again. Speaking at a session on the soon-to-be-enforced European Union General Data Protection Regulation, William Hoye, executive vice president and chief operating officer at nonprofit study abroad organization IES Abroad, warned that the new E.U. rules have “very sharp teeth” and would almost certainly apply to all U.S. higher education institutions. Failure to comply with the E.U. rules could lead to fines of up to 20 million euros, said Hoye. “That’s around $23,634,000. Do I have your attention yet?” Hoye asked.

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