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6/30/2017
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8 Things Every Security Pro Should Know About GDPR

Organizations that handle personal data on EU citizens will soon need to comply with new privacy rules. Are you ready?
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Data Breach Notification

Data controllers are required to notify data subjects of any breach that poses a risk to the privacy or security of their data. Such notification must typically happen within 72 hours of the breach being discovered. Processors similarly are required to inform controllers of any breach without undue delay. GDPR also requires entities to report a breach to the appropriate data protection authority in their country.

As with current breach notification requirements in the U.S., covered entities are exempt in some cases from notification if the data is encrypted or made un-identifiable using other means such as pseudonymization. In other words if a breached dataset cannot be used to directly identify individuals, or if measures have been taken post-breach to prevent this from happening there usually will be no notification requirement.

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Data Breach Notification

Data controllers are required to notify data subjects of any breach that poses a risk to the privacy or security of their data. Such notification must typically happen within 72 hours of the breach being discovered. Processors similarly are required to inform controllers of any breach without undue delay. GDPR also requires entities to report a breach to the appropriate data protection authority in their country.

As with current breach notification requirements in the U.S., covered entities are exempt in some cases from notification if the data is encrypted or made un-identifiable using other means such as pseudonymization. In other words if a breached dataset cannot be used to directly identify individuals, or if measures have been taken post-breach to prevent this from happening there usually will be no notification requirement.

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7/3/2017 | 6:32:33 AM
Taking data stewardship for granted
Speaking as someone who works with data-privacy issues for a living, I think it's important and commendable how Jai breaks these factors down.

For people like us who work with these developments, relatively things like knowing that GDPR applies regardless of your organization's relationship to the data, conducting assessments, having to comply with various access, transfer, removal, and informed-consent measures as pertaining to the relationship between individuals and their data, and having an officer specifically appointed to data protection when it comes to certain kinds of sensitive data and/or certain kinds of organizations, seem at least semi-obvious. But these things are easily forgotten or otherwise not considered when you're simply trying to operate an enterprise.

It is so important for people who work in this field to understand that their clients and colleagues may not intuit compliance or best-practice factors -- and likewise important for us to stay abreast of everything and not take anything for granted.

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