General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation is a law that is due to come into effect in May 2018. It will regulate the use and conditions of data held about all EU citizens, regardless of where your company is located. Failure to comply with the rules could result in a large fine for any company not adhering to the handling of that data.

There are a lot of complaints about companies receiving information about people without their knowledge or permission. Many companies do obtain this information in a legal way and many receive the information because the customer is unaware of the security protocols on social media platforms or other kinds of media sites. Not setting the correct permissions can result in your data being available to anyone, including other companies, who can use it for their own purposes. It is an implied consent, which is one reason why you should always check your permissions and security settings on sites that you visit.

What These Regulations Mean

Once the regulations come into effect, every data collector will need to comply, and if any security is breached they will have a duty to report that breach within three days (or 72 hours) of noticing that breach. These regulations will give more power to individuals as it will allow them to control who sees what information is held about them.

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One of the reasons for the general data protection regulations is to give the individual more power over who uses their data and what data they can have. These regulations give an individual the power to enforce a company to remove their data immediately at no cost to the individual. This does not mean just a little bit of the data, it means all of the information held on that individual, including archives as well as backup records. Individuals have the right to have their records completely removed. In effect, they have the right to be forgotten.

Companies Will Have To Be More Transparent

These regulations mean that companies will have to be open and honest in their dealings and they will need to demonstrate how they receive data. They will also have to have systems in place to ensure their security is adequate to withstand a breach. If a breach does occur, their systems will have to be robust and show their accountability. They must have a system in place that allows them to contact individuals who are affected by any security breach where their data has been accessed by a third party.

Proxy servers can help companies deal with these potential problems due to the highly specialized encryption they provide. By having a full proxy SSLi in place a company will have a kind of encrypted stepping stone preventing outside sources from accessing their data, ensuring it remains private. This double encryption not only treats an individual’s data with the respect it deserves protecting it from outside sources, but it also ensures a company protects its own information, reputation and prevents a potential hefty fine.