EBCDIC is incompatible with GDPR

Oct 27, 2023


The Court of Appeal of Brussels has made an interesting ruling. A customer complained that their bank was spelling the customer's name incorrectly. The bank didn't have support for diacritical marks. Things like á, è, ô, ü, ç etc. Those accents are common in many languages. So it was a little surprising that the bank didn't support them.

The bank refused to spell their customer's name correctly, so the customer raised a GDPR complaint under Article 16... The bank argued that they simply couldn't support diacritics due to their technology stack.

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