SOFTWARE, FEAR AND GDPR
It is extremely rare for a business owner to not have panicked about the GDPR. What is GDPR or General Data Protection Regulation? Does it apply to your business? How will my business and our software comply with it? The tens of millions of fines for non-compliance only add fuel to the fire of managerial stress.
Multinational corporations' embarrassingly huge blunders with selling and losing personal information of millions of people raise not an only financial risk but an ethical issue of corporate and personal responsibility. Where should you even begin with all of it?
Asking yourself “Do I really need all that data?” should always be the first step
Protecting others to protect yourself
The first step to complying with GDPR is to determine whether you should care about it at all.
GDPR's declared aim is to protect the privacy of EU citizens by ensuring that their personal data is secure. Personal Data is defined as is any information that relates to an identified or identifiable living individual. If your company or your clients are in EU and the data you process is associated with offers of services and goods or with monitoring behavior – you’ve got to comply with GDPR.
Naturally, the next question is how to make sure your software, databases, sites and everything in between is compliant. A good software development company will advise you on the following:
Risk Evaluation. Asking yourself “Do I really need all that data?” and determining what bare minimum you need to collect is always the first step. How to store it and process it – the next. Any developer or cybersecurity expert would tell you - data breaches are inevitable. The next step is identifying the vulnerabilities and ways to tackle them is a per GDPR standards to implement measures and mitigate the risks (art. 83 GDPR).
Encryption. Encryption, even though not established as mandatory, is a big thing for GDPR compliance. Encrypting – making the information unintelligible for those who don’t have the decryption keys, is the major, but not the sole, factor in GDPR compliance. After all, they ask you to establish [sic] "appropriate safeguards…” and a respectable software developing house can advise you on more than one way to do it.
Compliance instead of complaints
How should you handle all of it without spending a fortune on a team of legal, cybersecurity, software development, and a dozen other experts? Turn to people who know the situation inside out – a respectable EU-based firm, with years of experience in software development, and a great track record with EU and international businesses. Choosing the right partner to develop your software and databases means you respect your data while saving money on legal fees and fines for non-compliance and GDPR complaints.