Afternoon Coffee: GDPR Enforcement Begins, GOP to Introduce Infrastructure Bill

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Today marks the beginning of enforcement for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new data privacy standard that will have far-reaching effects for global businesses. As Supply Chain Dive explains, the extensive geographic reach of many corporate supply chains, along with the significant amount of personal information they contain, means procurement organizations will have their hands full complying with the directive.

Infrastructure Bill

Republicans in the House of Representatives are working to introduce an infrastructure bill by this summer, the Hill reports. The proposal will “follow the general principles that the chairman discussed earlier in the year — that any proposal should be bipartisan, forward-looking and fiscally responsible," a source told the Hill.

Uber Crash

The self-driving Uber vehicle that killed a pedestrian in March had its automatic emergency braking system disabled, the Wall Street Journal reports. Uber said the built-in automatic braking system had been disabled during testing to “reduce the potential for erratic vehicle behavior.”

Jobless Claims

And finally, an economic update: U.S. jobless claims rose by 11,000 in early May to 234,000, the highest point in seven weeks, MarketWatch reports. The increase is likely tied to seasonal swings due to educational-related employment.

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