If you’re confused about whether your non-European business is still affected by the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, a new smart bot might be able to help.
Launched by the international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright, the free-to-use bot called Parker can walk you through a questionnaire to help you figure out if the regulation will affect your organization. Affected businesses are required to comply with the regulation by May 25 or potentially face fines of up to 20 million euros or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is greater, for the most egregious violations.
“Critically, non-EU businesses are subject to the GDPR depending on the scope of their activities in Europe,” Nick Abrahams, the firm’s global head of technology and innovation said in a statement. “Parker quickly and intuitively answers standard questions in relation to the new EU data protection rules, enabling clients to take action where needed.”
A previous version of the bot offers guidance on an Australian data breach notification law that went into effect in February. Within a day of its December launch, it had more than 1,000 conversations about the law, according to Norton Rose Fulbright.
The GDPR bot is easy and simple: It functions like a checklist, helping the user determine whether the law applies to them—and then pointing them to a human “about what you need to do.” Attempts at more robust conversation with the bot yields error messages.
In one sense, it’s only the latest method that legal firms and…