The ABCs of GDPR
May 11, 2017
Acronyms and abbreviations used to be relegated to those in the military and government: MDA (Missile Defense Agency), USPS (United States Postal Service), RAF (Royal Air Force). But the proliferation of social media sites like Twitter and Snapchat has moved acronyms into the mainstream: IMHO, YOYO, JK, LOL (in my humble opinion, you’re on your own, just kidding, laugh out loud).
Acronyms can point to the past and mark how quickly things have changed; but in some cases, they can predict the changes to come. The EU GDPR (European Union General Data Protection Regulation) is one prediction you should pay attention to.
The massive proliferation and open transfer of data via the internet have produced vulnerabilities that have been exploited with increasing frequency. Governments are trying to establish protections that both safeguard the integrity and privacy of individual data and allow free data exchange, so agencies and businesses can deliver goods and services.
GDPR enforcement begins on May 25, 2018, and it is considered the gold standard regulation governing data privacy and exchange.
If your organization interfaces with EU citizenry (or with the United Kingdom) to collect and process data, you’ll need to pay attention to the changes about to happen.
Looking Toward the Future
Ultimately, the GDPR wants to harness the power of digital transactions while protecting the data rights of EU citizens. It places responsibility and accountability upon agencies that collect and process the data, and it details consequences for those who do not comply. Here are some key changes that are important to know:
While this legislation is comprehensive and will require several actions on your part, you have a year to ready your organization to succeed in this new environment.
Now that you know a little more about GDPR, it’s time to outline a plan to ensure your business is in compliance with the new regulation. FileFacets understands the importance of protecting sensitive data, and our tool can ensure that you are meeting the GDPR guidelines.
How can FileFacets Help?
The FileFacets Content Analytics tool allows you to scan multiple sources and repositories to locate and identify any Personal Identifiable Information (PII) or sensitive data that your organization may possess. The Analytics tool will constantly run so any new content with PII can be flagged and either deleted or moved to a secure and safe environment using the FileFacets Migration tool. FileFacets has the right tools to ensure you are compliant with the guidelines of GDPR.
To learn more about FileFacets Content Analytics and FileFacets Migration, please visit http://www.filefacets.com/products/