General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

(Regulation (EU) 2016/679)

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years

In order to give EU citizens more control over their personal data and the way it is handled, the EU have introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation. This has been signed into law and will come into effect in 2018. The legislation puts the onus on the collectors of data, and those that they pass it to to protect data and stop breaches. To ensure compliance with the new rules, the EU regulators have been given far reaching powers. The key implications of the new rules include:

  • If a data breach occurs, an organisation is liable for a fine of up to 20 million Euro, or 4 percent of their global turnover, whichever is the greater.

  • Companies must inform the regulators within 72 hours of a data breach.

  • As part of the legislation, organisations are instructed to build ‘security by design’ into their products. Protecting user data needs to be considered at the start of a project.

  • Organisations know that they must act quickly to ensure compliance with the new legislation or risk vast fines, but they face a number of challenges:

  • It’s clear that encryption is the best way to protect user data, so that even if an organisation’s servers are compromised and data stolen, this information will be of no use to an attacker.

  • However, for a lot organisations, security is not their main business. they don’t have the expertise in-house to adequately secure data and in many cases don’t have the resources to hire teams of developers to do it for them.

  • Encryption is difficult to implement, but now to comply with GDPR rules, it is essential.

  • Many users store and access their data from apps on mobile devices, securing these devices represents an additional challenge. App developers need an easy to encrypt user data.”

75 percent of business apps not compliant with EU’s GDPR

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