EU GDPR Compliance

What is the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

The EU GDPR applies to businesses within and outside the European Union that collect personal data belonging to EU citizens. The goal of the GDPR is to establish a consistent regulation for the privacy of personal data as “Rapid technological developments and globalisation have brought new challenges for the protection of personal data.”

Compliance with the GDPR requires the creation and enforcement of several technical and administrative controls. Specifically, sections 2 and 3 of the GDPR require impact assessments, security controls, and notification of data breaches. Organisations must notify the authorities within 72 hours of becoming aware of a breach. The organisation does not need to notify the data subject (citizen) of a breach if the organisation has appropriate measures “applied to the personal data affected by the personal data breach, in particular those that render the personal data unintelligible to any person who is not authorised to access it, such as encryption.”

Ignoring the compliance obligations under GDPR is not an option as fines for GDPR violations promise to be massive.

The Covata Solution for GDPR Compliance

At the core of GDPR compliance is the need for organisations to understand where personal data is stored, apply appropriate controls to secure that information from unauthorised access, and monitor for malicious activity. As with other privacy compliance programs, file sharing and collaboration creates unique challenges that the Covata platform can address. Covata’s products allow organisations to locate personal data, encrypt that information and centrally manage permissions to protect against unauthorised access, and log all permitted and denied access requests to secured personal data.

Features and Advantages

  • Locate personal data in shared drives and web portals, in both data centres and clouds
  • Encrypt personal data no matter where it is stored
  • Granularly enforce permissions to download, view, or change data
  • Control privileged IT administrator account access to data
  • Audit and monitor all permitted and denied access requests

Resources & Products

EU GDPR fact sheet

Learn how Covata can help you on your way to GDPR compliance.

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