GDPR Implementation and support

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) overview

The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is an evolution in data protection, not a total revolution formulated by the European Parliament, the European Commission, and the Council of the European Union.

The main aim of the regulation has been to unify as well as strengthen online data protection for all users within the European Union. The regulations are intended for those who are responsible for overall data protection of the users. The GDPR will apply in the United Kingdom from 25th May, 2018 and UK’s decision to part with the EU is not going to affect GDPR implementation.

GDPR and Areas of application

  • The GDPR applies extensively to all the “controllers” and the “processors”. In this framework, the controller is responsible for the processing of any personal data and the processor acts on behalf of the controller. If one is subject to the UK Data Protection Act 1998, it is highly likely to be subjected to the GDPR also.
  • GDPR requires the “processor” to follow certain legal obligations. The processor needs to keep records of all personal data as well as processing activities. In the case of a breach, he/she will be liable. The controller is also not relieved of obligations. In any unfortunate case of a breach of valuable information, the GDPR ensures that the contracts between the processor and controller comply with the set regulations.
  • The regulations listed under the GDPR apply to all kinds of data processing carried out by companies or establishments within the European Union. The regulations also cover the companies established outside the EU that are selling services and goods to people residing in the European Union.

Exclusion of GDPR

There are certain situations where the General Data Protection Regulation does not apply. Processing covered by the Law Enforcement Directive, carried out by users for complete personal or household activities, and for national security reasons are excluded from the new legal framework.

Best practices complying with GDPR

  • According to the legal framework for preserving data security, all establishments including small and medium-sized businesses must be ready before May 2018.
  • The entrepreneurs need to be aware of all the GDPR requirements and fulfil all data security essentials by the deadline announced.
  • If companies and organizations start early to follow certain security measures, they will be in a better position to get GDPR certifications when it takes effect.
  • The first thing that any organization can do is to appoint a data protection officer or a person who will be responsible for the security of the data of any particular organization. He/she will build a robust data protection program for the respective organization, which will meet the GDPR requirements.

In short, you definitely have to comply with the GDPR guidelines from the set date. So, why delay? By starting early you will be able to avoid penalties and hassles once the GDPR takes effect. Your organization will also be improving costly consumer data. Acquiring GDPR compliance will also improve customer trust in the business. If you are not aware of the ways in which you can incorporate the regulations and requirements into your business, you must consult with a cyber-security expert immediately.

Few Ways We Can Help You Prepare for GDPR

The impact of GDPR will vary from organisation to organisation. We at Securedtech work very closely with major security vendors to prepare for the inevitable GDPR  compliance. The services we offer to help you prepare are:

  • Gap Analysis
  • Audits
  • Training
  • Compliance verification
  • Implementing Controls
  • Consultancy – to enable privacy defence in depth.

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