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What is GDPR compliance?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance requires companies to gain consent from consumers before the company can use their personal data. The regulation applies to any company that does business with EU residents, regardless of the company’s physical location.

Here's a list of key areas to focus on:

  1. Understanding and Mapping Data:

    • Identify all personal data you collect and process (names, emails, etc.).
    • Map the flow of this data through your organization.
  2. Lawful Basis for Processing:

    • Determine the legal reason for processing personal data (e.g., consent, contract fulfillment).
  3. Transparency and Consent:

    • Provide clear and concise privacy notices explaining data collection and usage.
    • Obtain clear, informed, and unambiguous consent from individuals for data processing (when required).
  4. Data Subject Rights:

    • Guarantee individual rights to access, rectify, erase, and restrict the processing of their data.
    • Establish procedures for handling data subject requests effectively.
  5. Security Measures:

    • Implement appropriate technical and organizational safeguards to protect personal data (encryption, access controls).
    • Conduct regular security assessments to identify and address vulnerabilities.
  6. Data Breach Notification:

    • Have a plan to detect and report data breaches to the authorities and affected individuals within set timeframes.
  7. Data Governance and Accountability:

    • Appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to oversee and implement GDPR compliance.
    • Maintain records of data processing activities for audit purposes.

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