What is GDPR?

Coming into force on 25th May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the most important change in EU data privacy regulation in the past decades.

The regulation fundamentally reshapes the way in which data is handled across every sector, from healthcare to banking, public sector and private companies.

GDPR applies to all companies that store or process personal information about EU citizens even if they don’t have a business presence within the EU.

Any organization that sells goods, offers services or monitors the online behavior of EU residents, must comply with GDPR requirements. And fines for noncompliance are as high as €20 million euros or 4% of a company’s total global revenue, whichever is larger.

The Challenge

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is not only a legal challenge. Above all, GDPR compliance is a cultural and technical challenge.

  • How do you ensure that the handling of personal data across all applications and departments is GDPR compliant?
  • Are you able to verify consent before any new data processing or marketing campaign?
  • Are you prepared to answer potentially 512 million EU citizens – all within one month of the request?


The obligations require maximum data transparency and data integration as well as a technically highly efficient execution process.

The Solution

Our experts will scan your website extensively for the following:

  • Site plugins (apps)
  • Site scripts
  • Data collection tools

Then we create a Data Access Form, where users will be able to request:

  • Personal data request
  • Right to be forgotten
  • Data rectification

We will configure the Cookies Consent functionality:

  • Fully customizable Cookies bar
  • Option to choose Cookie allowed/disallowed

With some of your input on how you handle user’s information, we will redact:

  • Terms & Conditions pages
  • Cookie Policy

 

GDPR data leak: if your company had a security incident and personal data has been exposed, you might need to inform both the users and authorities

  • We will implement a configured document to alert those involved.

Download the GDPR guidelines​

EC’s guideline with several steps to help your business comply with the GDPR implementation.​

With Metric International’s solutions, we are able to offload time-intensive tasks without compromising the security of our sensitive information. That has been invaluable to us as an IT team in a rapidly expanding environment.

FAQ

Most frequent questions and answers

The GDPR becomes enforceable starting 25 May, 2018.

Yes. The GDPR applies to firms that offer goods or services to EU residents irrespective of if payment is exchanged.

Yes. If you offer your goods or services to any EU residents, then you must comply with GDPR. Learn more here.

That depends on if the output of said manual data processing forms or are intended to form part of a filing system, defined by Article 4(6) as “any structured set of personal data which are accessible according to specific criteria, whether centralised, decentralised or dispersed on a functional or geographical basis”. In plain words, if the manual data processing contributes toward a database, then yes, you must comply. If said processing is one-off and does not enter a structured and accessible database, then the GDPR may not apply.

Yes. First, the GDPR will go into effect before the 2-year leave deadline of Brexit (April 2019). Barring new legislation, UK firms must comply with the GDPR until then. Karen Bradley, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, and Sport, has affirmed in October 2016 post referendum that “We will be members of the EU in 2018 and therefore it would be expected and quite normal for us to opt into the GDPR and then look later at how best we might be able to help British business with data protection while maintaining high levels of protection for members of the public.” Second, even after Brexit concludes, UK firms that offer goods or services to EU residents still need to comply.

You may be fined for up to €20mm or 4% of your worldwide turnover (revenue), whichever is greater. You may also be subject to lawsuits by affected data subjects. Learn more here.

The GDPR categorizes a broad swath of data, such as name, email, location, IP address, and online behavior as personal data. Learn more here.

In general, consent needs to be explicit, opt-in, and freely given. This means popular opt-out based consent of today will no longer be acceptable. Learn more here.

You must appoint a DPO if you represent public authorities or organizations that process large scale monitoring or processing of sensitive personal data. Learn more here.

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