Get ready for the GDPR legislation!
Undeniably, we are now living in a digital society. Not only are we constantly provided with all types of data, but we also create data ourselves every second – and this is not restricted to our private use (just think of social media, online banking or recording your sporting performance using a sport watch). If you’re a manufacturing company, for example, and you record who is responsible for each stage of a production process, you’re recording personal data. If you’re a heating installation company and you retain your client’s access code for repair work further down the line, this is also personal data.
Personal data is now a much more expansive concept than it once was: genetic, social, cultural, mental and economic data can now all be considered personal data. People can be identified using this data. With a wider definition of personal data, virtually all companies will fall under the GDPR legislation.
Below is an overview of a series of significant – and substantial - measures:
- Data storage will no longer be possible without permission. What’s more, this agreement must have been provided in advance.
- A guarantee that people’s private lives will be respected: when processing information and in the event of new data appearing, respect of people’s private lives should always be taken into account.
- Data leaks must be subject to rapid monitoring: within 72 hours, any leaks should be referred to a European body. Action must then be taken immediately.
- Citizens will be granted additional rights. These will include right to review, right to be forgotten, etc.
A number of companies will be required to enlist the services of a Data Protection Officer.
Failure to respect the GDPR legislation will be sanctioned by heavy penalties. This can rise to €20,000 or 4% of the total annual turnover.
What does Trustteam do?
For a long time, Trustteam have been closely monitoring developments relating to legislation. We would like to inform you about the details of the GDPR directive as an IT partner and to provide you with any assistance you might need. Don’t hesitate to contact us for more information relating to the potential impact of the GDPR legislation on your company and how you might need to adapt.
What’s more, as a Data Processor, Trustteam will need to meet countless additional conditions. Preparations for this conversion are well underway – more on this later.
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