Global tech firms are announcing their GDPR compliance as deadline nears

Pierre Moscovici

Global tech firms are announcing their GDPR compliance as deadline nears

The GDPR finely balances the rights of European Union citizens to control their personal data against the responsibilities of organizations to protect that data both in the course of normal operations as well as in the case of data breaches. As it turns, time is running out for a lot of companies and organizations, given the short period left to adapt or risk paying this fine.

Chinese internet titans are now testing a system that assigns every citizen a social credit system that goes beyond a regular credit rating of a person's finances and payment history by evaluating their behavior and preferences as well as their personal relationships. Unlike its predecessor law (the 1995 European Data Protection Directive, implemented in the United Kingdom by the Data Protection Act 1998) GDPR specifically addresses the issue of social networking (given that social networking as a concept didn't exist in 1995, it's hardly surprising the earlier law doesn't mention it!). "News organisations, at least when they are practising journalism, as opposed to, for instance, when they are acting as an employer, will continue to have quite a wide exemption from most of the obligations, but they will not be exempt from the requirement to have appropriate security measures in place to prevent data breach", says Baines. "Companies need to create a culture that expresses respect for the data rights of the individual if they will ever succeed in complying with GDPR". But can the EU really enforce the new regulation against USA companies without any physical presence in the Union?

"Processing" means any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data or on sets of personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or adjustment, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

Member countries must accept a larger role for their data protection authorities who will be central to guaranteeing the rules are applied.

After a controversial redesign which saw it log just 191 million daily active users in its most recent earnings report (growth on last quarter, but less than market expectations) Snap in is need of a user bump to help assuage investors and help it prove its room for profitability.

Similarly, as more health and credit records move into the digital realm and the Internet backbone, such records have also ended up being hoovered up by nefarious actors - from organized crime to unscrupulous companies to repressive governments, used for blackmail, character assassination, electoral fraud or outright theft. But there have been some important changes to the definition of personally identifiable information (PII), which needs to be flagged. Cloud providers and payroll service providers constitute the processors.

Individuals under Article 15 will have the right to request access to personal data.

Where our processing of your personal data is based on your consent you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time. The first step is to adhere to the principle of "accountability" as stipulated by the rule and this involves establishing a GDPR compliance program which will assess the organization's current level of compliance and detect loopholes.

The attendee is told, during the registration process, that their data will be collected by exhibitors for the objective of marketing/selling their product to the attendee. The attendee must have the option to opt out of their data being collected. Documenting these audit results may be useful in demonstrating compliance with the rule.

But she learnt from the USA press that the United States had much to learn from an old world it had seen as too "apocalyptic" but now views as "more visionary" about data protection. Subjecting these to the regulation will alter the marketing systems and analytic tools these companies employ.

Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person.

In the event a medical tourism agent shares personal data with a vendor such as a hotel, the vendor must provide a Data Processing Agreement (DPA) with the supplier confirming the vendor's compliance to the GDPR and dictating the purposes for which such data is to be processed.

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