Data privacy and protection has been a hot topic in the market since the time when the internet was in its infancy. It is the duty of companies to keep personal information of its customers private so that their identities are safe and protected and companies reputation untarnished.
The European Union has always been quite proactive when it comes to keeping the privacy of its citizens intact. Its data protection laws have been regarded as a gold standard all over the world. In 2016, the EU adopted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Law, replacing the 1995 Data Protection Directive, and gave its member States two years time (ending on 25th May 2018) to ensure that it is fully implementable in their countries.
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an act under EU law implemented on May 25th, 2018, to address privacy and data protection for all European citizens. The purpose is to put some restrictions on the organizations (whose primary focus is to collect information about their target markets and to pitch them their products and services) and give control to citizens for their personal information and details. Through this act, organizations can’t use personal data without the prior acceptance/permission of the individuals as well as (also) the organizations cannot compel in any way to share the information. European citizens can now enjoy privacy as one of the fundamental rights.
The main aim of GDPR compliance is to protect people from data breaches and leakage of their personal information. Sometimes data gets lost or maybe abstracted and is liberated to people with malicious intent.
In the act of GDPR, Organizations may collect personal data from a consumer under strict conditions while making sure the information is gathered legally. Organizations will be obliged to respect the rights of data owners, protecting their data from exploitation and misuse.
This act has come up with a total of 173 recitals to protect the fundamental right of EU citizens to maintain the secrecy of their private confidential data.
The set of principles that comes under GDPR: lawfulness, fairness, transparency, data minimization, purpose limitation, accuracy, storage limitation, security, and accountability.
The following are a few prominent fundamental rights that GDPR provides:
The Citizens will have right to access their data and can request to know how their information is being used. The companies must provide the full details within a month.
A consumer has the right to be forgotten. People can request to erase their information or they can make a request to restrict their data, i.e the data can be stored but can’t be used.
The consumer now has the right to data portability that allows them to move their information from one source to another.
A consumer will also have right to be informed about how the information has been collected and the use of the same.
Consumers will have full control over their information and they must be informed in case of the collection of their information. Apple has introduced a privacy feature that asks user’s permission before gathering data.
The consumers have right over the processing of their personal data, i.e. it gives them right to effectively ask companies to stop using their personal information.
Consumers are notified about the personal information that the company would hold and the purpose for which it would be used.
The kind of panic GDPR laws created in the corporate world was not an astonishing event. Amidst the flabbergasted twists and turns that GDPR laws bring along with it, making it necessary to change software development and testing processes, some companies have been quite responsive to these laws so as to provide valuable services to its clients and so are we.
Think Future Technologies is advancing with 8 steps to prepare for GDPR.
1) Appointing a team for accountability and governance GDPR norms:
2) Scope, planning, and certifications of the project:
3) Actions to take when collecting personal data
4) Actively manage existing contacts and leads in a database
5) Audit procedures and compliance
7) Design a data breach plan
8) Staff Awareness