Though the May 2018 deadline for global GDPR compliance has come and gone, this is a topic that is so important – and complicated – that a lot of people are still scratching their heads. As data privacy and cybersecurity in general are among the most important topics in the modern era, there are a few key things about GDPR compliance that you definitely need to be aware of moving forward.

What is GDPR Compliance?

The GDPR regulation, also known as the “General Data Protection Regulation,” requires businesses that have customers in the European Union to take additional steps to protect the personal data and privacy of those people. First adopted in April of 2016, it’s a regulation that actually replaces an older (and now outdated) data protection directive that dates back to 1995.

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In essence, it requires companies to provide a “reasonable” level of protection for all personal data of customers, though it does not actually define what “reasonable” means in a literal sense. The types of personal data affected by the GDPR include but are not limited to ones like:

  • Biometric data.
  • Data relating to someone’s race, sexual orientation or ethnicity.
  • Data relating to someone’s political opinions.
  • Health and genetic data.
  • Basic identity information (like someone’s name, address, etc.)
  • Web-based data like someone’s location, IP address and cookie data.

Make absolutely no mistake: even if the entirety of your business is based in the United States, if you have customers in any EU member states the GDPR is something that you need to be very, very concerned about.

How to Get GDPR Compliant

Bringing your business to the point where it is GDPR compliant isn’t necessarily a complicated process, but it is a very specific and time consuming one that you’ll want to devote as much of your attention to as possible. According to a piece that originally ran in Forbes, what follows are some of the major steps that you must complete in order to become compliant:

  • You need to achieve customer consent BEFORE you process or store any of their data. This could come in the form of an email to existing customers (which has been happening a lot lately), an update to your privacy policy or message when someone signs up for an account online.
  • You must put processes in place to guarantee the regular and systematic monitoring and processing of the aforementioned data subjects on a large scale. For many organizations, this will require them to hire a Data Protection Officer or DPO.
  • You must perform a data protection impact assessment before each project that involves personal data in the aforementioned categories. This will not only help guarantee ongoing compliance with the GDPR but will also help you determine any risks and potential effects that you will face, evaluate your current level of protections and offer additional safeguards against privacy breaches.
  • In the event that a data breach does occur, you need to notify local data protection authorities within 72 hours. This means that you need to have the processes and technologies in place NOW to help make sure that this can actually happen when the time comes.

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Though it is not explicitly required, it is recommended that you also invest in employee training to help guarantee you have an adequate response plan in place in the event of a breach.

Key Takeaways

  • Even if your business is based entirely in the United States, if you have customers in the EU you must be GDPR compliant.
  • If a data breach does occur, you must have the ability to notify the local data protection authorities within 72 hours.
  • GDPR compliance requires additional levels of protection for very specific types of data like biometric information, health and genetic data and more.

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