Companies Worldwide Scramble To Meet EU Data Deadline

Posted May 09, 2018

By now, you have probably heard about the General Data Protection Regulation, or "GDPR", that becomes effective this month - a comprehensive (and complicated) update to the EU data privacy laws created to "make Europe fit for the digital age" according to the European Commission. Personal data can only be transferred internationally if the country has been designated by the EU as providing an adequate level of data protection or by complying with an approved certification mechanism such as the EU-US Privacy Shield.

Despite the pending deadline, many firms remain uncertain about their ability to secure client data.

Companies have so far spent an average of £1.3m getting ship-shape for GDPR. Such consent, however, must be "freely given, specific, informed, and unambiguous" under Article 4 of the GPDR. For most wealth managers, it's a case of working out all these factors. Your company likely has disciplinary action in place if employees violate data protection policies, but your team members must also understand that the consequences are more severe if their actions cause the company to violate the GDPR.

"They just haven't built systems to erase data, they've built systems to catch data", Ells said.

One of the biggest issues now preventing this is that most wealth management customer data now lies in multiple, unconnected data silos, which are often a legacy from earlier initiatives. Without question, US companies should revisit such incident response plans for GDPR compliance, and consider incorporating notification procedures for the handling of such "personal data".

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GDPR, which becomes effective May 25, is the most significant development in data protection laws in the past 20 years.

"Such tools also provide a real-time dashboard on the data protection health of the device fleet, and enforce local settings, such as encryption and the use of endpoint security software, " he wrote. Recognizing this problem, the European Union passed the GDPR in 2016, giving an effective date of May 25, 2018, for compliance.

Companies that process a large amount of personal or sensitive data will need to employ a data protection officer that has a deep understanding and knowledge of data protection laws. Consent management - a key tenet of GDPR - is crucial here. You need to ensure that you offer individuals genuine choice and options, and do not use consent as a precondition to use your services. The GDPR requires private and public organisations to be more transparent about the way they use personal data, including names, phone numbers and IP addresses.

European Union data protection legislation has always required that customers must give specific and informed consent to organisations that gather their data.

Organisations are anxious about whether GDPR would have any profound impact on companies in India.

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Another part of the problem Osterman believes, is that like a lot of other regulations, organizations don't take them seriously at first.

"My U.S. -based business doesn't use any personal data, so GDPR won't apply".

"Only 6 in 10 company directors say they are confident their organization will be "fully compliant" with new data protection laws set to come in later this month..."

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