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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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GDPR applies equally to both data controllers and to data processors. Any organization that gathers personal data from a data subject is considered a data controller. They have to document the purposes for which they are collecting the data, how and why they will use or process the data and with whom they will share it. 

Data processors are organizations that process data for a data controller, like a payroll processor or a cloud service provider. For the first time, such organizations are also directly bound by the requirements of the GDPR if any of the data they process belongs to EU residents.

Image Source: Yeexin Richelle via Shutterstock

Who It Covers

GDPR applies equally to both data controllers and to data processors. Any organization that gathers personal data from a data subject is considered a data controller. They have to document the purposes for which they are collecting the data, how and why they will use or process the data and with whom they will share it.

Data processors are organizations that process data for a data controller, like a payroll processor or a cloud service provider. For the first time, such organizations are also directly bound by the requirements of the GDPR if any of the data they process belongs to EU residents.

Image Source: Yeexin Richelle via Shutterstock

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Joe Stanganelli
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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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