data protection

Compliance with General Data Protection Regulations

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations. This is a regulation in the EU for data protection and privacy for organizations and individuals. It hovers around the outgoing/export of personal information outside of European countries. Its primary aim and focus is provide complete control to individuals over their personal data and to simplify the regulations for international business.
Any organization who is acting as a data processor must clearly disclose any data collection, declare lawful basis and purpose for data processing, and explain how long data will be retained and if the same data is being shared with any 3rd party or outside of Europe.

This regulation gave a platform wherein the data subjects have the right to request a portable copy of the data collected by a processor in a particular format and the complete right to have their data removed under circumstances. It was officially rolled out worldwide on May 25, 2018.

GDPR principles:

  • Lawfulness, fairness and transparency
  • Purpose limitation
  • Data minimisation
  • Accuracy
  • Storage limitation
  • Integrity and confidentiality

Implications to businesses

GDPR and its data protection regulations put the customer in the driver’s seat and the act of staying compliant lies on the shoulders of businesses and organizations. It applies to both EU established organizations and non-EU organizations offering good/services to citizens in the EU. It is a regulation and not a directive. It does not need national governments to pass any enabling legislation. Violations of the GDPR may be fined to an enterprise.

How does GDPR apply to non-EU nations

Most importantly, it does not only apply to organizations in the EU, but also to organizations outside of the EU who market their good and services to EU citizens. It also covers companies who act as a processor or controller of information for EU citizens. Any organization that falls under either of the categories must comply with GDPR requirements. Hence, it brings in importance and information for one and all.

Tools to enable you in being GDPR compliant

Thankfully, there are technology advancements making life easier for everyone. And providing various tools to ensure you are compliant. Here is an exhaustive list of tools which you can review and choose from. 

Be wise, be compliant, and continue your business transparently!

Ritesh Sharma, Senior Solutions Consultant

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