GDPR Quick Overview
The cybersecurity landscape is continuously evolving around new technologies and different government policies. SecurView presents a GDPR quick overview of the European Union’s new wide-reaching regulation effective as of May 2018.
What is GDPR?
GDPR (also known as General Data Protection Regulation) aims to regulate organizations (or data controllers) that are handling and processing personal data of individuals in the European Union (EU). (A data controller is an individual or organization that’s legally responsible for storage and use of personal information on computers or other places of IT infrastructure.)
Why does it matter?
Privacy is a fundamental human right recognized by many countries and the European Union. Due to increased concerns about misuse of personal data, the EU recognized the need for a strong and more coherent data protection framework backed by strong enforcement. GDPR protects an individual’s personal data from being exploited or misused and allows for full transparency of its processing. It mandates that personal data be used only in the proper context in which it is given.
GDPR is originally based on different principles for data protection from a document titled “Guidelines on the Protection of Privacy and Transborder Flows of Personal Data” from the OECD.
These principles deal with
- limitations on collection of personal data
- limitations on use of personal data
- security safeguards and protection of collected data
- responsibilities and accountability of data controllers
- rights of individuals in relation to their personal data
How does it affect you?
If you are an organization that deals with client data regarding goods or services for anyone residing in the EU, you must meet compliant standards for GDPR even if your organization is not located in the EU. EU member national authorities may levy fines of up to 20 million Euros or 4% of the company’s global turn over for any violation of these regulations.
If you are an individual from the EU, you have certain rights to protect the usage and distribution of your personal data. In addition, you have the right and opportunity to take action against data controllers in case of any abuse/misuse of your personal data.
How Can SecurView help you?
It is recommended that organizations hire their own Data Protection Officers (DPO) or consult with a 3rd party DPO to ensure compliance with GDPR. SecurView can provide guidance on GDPR and services to get your compliance policies and procedures up to date.
Where can I learn more?
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