The European Parliament adopted the GDPR in April 2016, replacing an outdated data protection directive from 1995. It carries provisions that require businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states. The GDPR also regulates the exportation of personal data outside the EU.
To start with the process of compliance with GDPR, a sense of urgency will emerge from top management. All stakeholders should be interested as IT alone is not well prepared to meet the GDPR requirements.
It is necessary to set up a task force comprising departments such as sales, advertising, services, finance etc.
There should be a risk assessment. An organisation, while knowing the threats that affect it, needs to know what all the information it holds as well as processes for EU citizens. It should also be borne in mind that risk assessment should detail all types of actions to be taken to minimize this particular risk.
Data Protection Planning
It is necessary to create a data protection policy. There are many companies that already have a plan in place, but they should review it and update it to ensure it is in line with GDPR requirements.
Now, the steps need to be implemented in order to mitigate any kind of threats. If a company gets an idea of the risks and ways to mitigate them, the steps should be put in place. For most businesses, this means having to review the current risk mitigation measures.
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