What is GDPR?
GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is basically a set of rules structured to give EU citizens more control over their personal data in today’s digital era. Nowadays, almost everything is digital. From social media accounts to banks, retailers, and other platforms, almost every service we use involves the collection and analysis of our personal data.
That includes name, address, credit card number, address and much more. All our personal information is collected, analysed and most importantly, stored by organisations. GDPR is particularly designed to make sure no personal data is being misused or collected non-consensually.
It applies to the businesses in the EU member countries. In some cases, it also applies to organisations outside EU if they are collecting personal data of EU citizens.
How to Become GDPR Compliant?
All the organisations need to take adequate measures in order to become GDPR compliant. Below are some high-level steps an organisation can take to ensure compliance:
- Store the personal data of users and information about their actions separately so actions cannot be connected with users.
- Document everything! For instance, “what user data is collected?”, “what is its source”, and “how is data processed”.
- Create and keep updating database of user’s personal information and maintain a record of user locations, responsible file owners, information sensitivity levels, data retention policy, and data availability.
- Hire a designated Data Protection Officer (DPO) especially if you are processing a large amount of data.
- Take appropriate measures to avoid any data breach.
- In case of a data breach, inform authorities and users within 72 hours. Successful, large-scale hacker attacks will lead to serious
- Provide users with the “right to be forgotten” which means that the user can have all personal information related to them deleted if they choose so.
- Ask for the user permission clearly before collecting their data.
- Adopt internal data protection policies.
- Train staff in data protection.
- Conduct internal audits.
- Review internal HR police
- Obtain GDPR Certification
What is GDPR Certification?
Certifications are a new feature of official EU GDPR data protection law. Certifications from recognized and accredited certifications bodies are accepted and prove the compliance of an organisation. Depending on the size and nature of the organisation, there are different certification options available. Although GDPR is still in its early days, so the number of certifications is still less.
Options available for GDPR Certification
ISO 27001 is the information security standard
ISO 27001 certification is suitable for any organisation either large or small, and in any sector. The standard is especially suitable where the protection of information is critical, such as in the banking, financial, health, public and IT sectors
Cyber Essentials (CE) is a cybersecurity certification that offers a wide-ranging concept of IT security controls that all types of organisations can implement and potentially build upon.
Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME)
Information Assurance for Small and Medium Enterprises (IASME) is designed to ensure businesses are securing their data. The goal of the IASME standard is to provide a cyber-security standard for small and medium businesses, the standard is based upon ISO 27001, but especially for small businesses.