Tic, tac, tic, tac: the clock doesn’t stop and the new General Regulation of Data Protection (GDPR) is right there! Companies must be prepared to receive the new law accordingly and ensure that they comply with all legal requirements, otherwise they will suffer the heavy fines that the new law contemplates. In today’s article, we’ve given you 10 steps to successfully implement GDPR!
There should be a strategic action plan for the implementation of the GDPR. All areas of the company should be involved and this plan should include the identification, evaluation and categorization of private data that companies have stored.
Professional advice is essential if GDPR is to be implemented correctly. The Legal Adviser will identify the steps already taken and those that are missing to comply with the GDPR. Needs assessment is very useful if you need to use a partner to make the necessary changes.
The company needs to check if it is mandatory to appoint a Data Protection Officer. In case of need, this professional is responsible for the obligations contained in the GDPR.
Processes must be created or adapted so that data is protected. The methodology to be used should be privacy by design, to facilitate the monitoring of communication of events related to personal data.
The company must implement processes that allow it to detect, report and solve problems of violation of personal data, always keeping in mind the security issue.
Customer service procedures must be prepared to receive all requests under the new law, whether online or offline. It is essential to ensure that citizens’ data security is not compromised.
All suppliers involved in data processing must meet the requirements of the new GDPR. For example, buying a database should ensure that the subcontractor also complies with the new law.
The company must create an internal communication program, so that it involves all areas in this change. The GDPR compliance officer should inform and sensitize employees about data privacy and the risks that non-compliance poses to the company.
The company must ensure that highly sensitive data is encrypted so that there is no risk of loss and the company falls victim to the hefty fines set out in the new regulation.