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EU Compliance: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

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EU Compliance Evolves

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) proposed by the European Commission will strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU), whilst addressing the export of personal data outside the EU.

The announcement of an agreement to finalize GDPR was made in December 2015 and the EU parliament is due to vote on the GDPR in April 2016.  The primary objective of the GDPR is to give citizens back control of their personal data.  Once GDPR takes effect it will harmonize previous and other data protection regulations throughout the EU.

GDPR Compliance Requirements

This EU compliance regulation will have a far reaching impact for organizations throughout the world. 

With the demise of Safe Harbour, U.S. companies that export and handle the personal data of European citizens will also need to comply with the new requirements put forth or be subject to the same consequences.

If your organization suffers a data breach, under the new EU compliance standard, the following may apply depending on the severity of the breach:

  • Your organization must notify the local data protection authority and potentially the owners of the breached records

  • Your organization could be fined up to 4% of global turnover or €20 million

EU Flag StarsHowever, GDPR does provide exceptions based on whether the appropriate security controls are deployed within the organizations.  For example a breached organization that has rendered the data unintelligible through encryption to any person who is not authorized to access the data, is not mandated to notify the affected record owners. 

The chances of being fined are also reduced if the organization is able to demonstrate a “Secure Breach” has taken place.

To address the GDPR compliance requirements, organizations may need to employ one or more different encryption methods within both their on-premises and cloud infrastructure environments, including the following:

  • Servers, including via file, application, database, and full disk virtual machine encryption.

  • Storage, including through network-attached storage and storage area network encryption.

  • Media, through disk encryption.

  • Networks, for example through high-speed network encryption.

In addition, strong key management is required to not only protect the encrypted data, but to ensure the deletion of files and comply with a user’s right to be forgotten. 

Organizations will also need a way to verify the legitimacy of user identities and transactions, and to prove compliance. It is critical that the security controls in place be demonstrable and auditable.

Gemalto offers the only complete data protection portfolio that works together to provide persistent protection and management of sensitive data, which can be mapped to the GDPR framework.

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