GDPR has become mandatory for organizations and companies who deal with data pertaining to EU citizens. These organizations need to adhere by the new GDPR to become GDPR compliant. Therefore, it makes it essential that the firm is fully aware of the new regulations.
Applicability of GDPR
GDPR applies to several businesses that are defined either as processors or controllers. Controllers define how and why personal data gets processed. It is subjected to legal liabilities and obligations that are needed to maintain records of processing activities and personal data. Processors are those entities that act on behalf of controllers, whereas legal obligations remain with the controller.
Amendments to the Regulation
Most of the GDPR is same as the Data Protection Act. It applies to personal data, with a broader sense. All data that can identify someone is categorized as “personal data” under the new GDPR. This comprises of everything from economic information and genetic to IP addresses.
The changes in the regulation place more emphasis on approval, putting customers under control with what data is used and in what ways it is used by organizations. An increased stress on individual rights with respect to the use of personal information implies that various businesses will be needed to adapt themselves on how do they obtain and use the data.
New transparency and accommodation of individuals’ rights would be needed to be made in the business to make sure everything is properly covered under the GDPR amendments.
Things to know to get your organization compliant with the GDPR
To begin your journey towards GDPR compliance, you need to ensure within the organization that anyone who is having personally identifiable data proves the approval, management and the security of that data.
- Assess the relevant data that an organization holds today, the place where it resides and with whom it is shared. This can be done by digitization of hard copies of documents via scanning and merging with digitally born material.
- Learn about the data protection laws that will be used in switching to GDPR
- Review and plan the way you obtain and document approval.
- Have appropriate procedures for data violation
- Familiarize yourself with new GDPR procedures and laws.
Introduction of the GDPR brings harmonization across the EU with regards to the data privacy. It is important to understand how digital procedures assist towards GDPR-compliance and obtain wider transformation benefits.