Posted by aionol | 20 DEC 2017

The GDPR focuses on data protection – but what data?

There always have been laws about data protection. And with the expansion of technology, the introduction of machine learning and artificial intelligence, data protection laws are bound to get more strict and more detailed. That’s exactly what’s going to happen in May 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into place. Developed and […]

There always have been laws about data protection. And with the expansion of technology, the introduction of machine learning and artificial intelligence, data protection laws are bound to get more strict and more detailed.

That’s exactly what’s going to happen in May 2018, when the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into place. Developed and implemented by the EU, the consequences of this new regulation will reach far further than the borders of the Union.

As a result, businesses need to act now and start preparing. The first step towards compliance is to understand the law, how it is different from the DPA, and how will it affect your business.

One of the major changes from the DPA to the GDPR is in the definition of the data which is to be protected by the new rules. These are the types of data businesses are now liable for:

The GDPR focuses on data protection

The GDPR focuses on data protection

Personal Data

The definition of ‘personal data’ has been expanded and is now a lot more detailed. The change reflects the improved methods by which organisations are now able to apply technology and collect data.

For example, the GDPR includes a more detailed definition of online identifiers. IP addresses can now also be seen as personal data. Furthermore, the GDPR will encompass both automated personal data, as well as, manual filing systems that make personal data accessible. Finally, the new definition can also include pseudonym personal data, depending on how easy it is to decode the pseudonym.

The GDPR focuses on data protection

The GDPR focuses on data security

Sensitive Data

Sensitive data, according to the GDPR, is a subcategory or personal data. This is not to include biometric data that is collected to identify individuals, and also genetic data. Whilst data about criminal convictions are not included in the ‘sensitive data’ category, it is still protected by strict safeguards.

Are you handling personal and/or sensitive data? We can help you secure it in the cloud.

Iono Inc.’s STM solution provides you with the highest level of protection and security in the cloud. Then you can breathe a sigh of relief that your business will easily comply with the new GDPR rules.

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