The GDPR implications for Benelux companies as IT budgets for Cloud services set to increase

Benelux-based organisations are less confident than their European counterparts that IT budgets will rise, according to the latest annual survey by Computer Weekly and TechTarget IT Priorities, as funds are expected to be diverted towards Cloud services.

Less than a third of IT decision-makers in the Benelux Union believe IT budgets will increase this year, a significantly lower number than in other European regions:

* 28% in the Benelux Union

* 34% in German-speaking countries

* 35% in France

* 36% in Eastern Europe

* 39% in the UK

* 43% in the Nordic region

Extra money for Cloud services

The cynicism surrounding IT budgets in the region comes as Benelux-based IT leaders expect funds to be diverted towards Cloud technology and services. Of those surveyed, 56% predict even greater spending in the sector in 2017, with a distinct lack of optimism for investment in physical resources. Only 4% expect the budget for on-premises networking and servers to increase, while 8% believe on-premises storage spending will rise.

In addition, the report states that IT staff budgets in the region are predicted to fall by 37%, “with the outsourced nature of cloud computing reducing the need for IT staff”.

The GDPR and data processors

The report cites a survey by Belgian IT leader group Beltug, which claims that 63% of the country’s CIOs plan to make General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance a top priority in 2017.

One of the most significant changes brought in by the GDPR is that it places direct data protection obligations on data processors (such as technology vendors, data centres and Cloud service providers) for the first time. Where an organisation contracts a data processor to process personal data, that processor must be able to provide “sufficient guarantees to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures” to ensure that processing will comply with the GDPR and that data subjects’ rights are protected.

Contractual arrangements will need to be updated, and stipulating responsibilities and liabilities between the controller and processor will be imperative in future agreements.

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