Doing business with the EU? There are new rules

GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) compliance is a new requirement for doing business with any EU Country. I know just what you needed, right? The short story is that everyone is required to manage data more securely and as this Equifax debacle has shown that isn’t a bad thing.

Here are the 4 areas of concern:


Risk and compliance assessorPersonal privacy

Individuals have the right to:

  • Access their personal data
  • Correct errors in their personal data
  • Erase their personal data
  • Object to processing of their personal data
  • Export personal data

Risk and compliance assessorControls and notifications

Organizations will need to:

  • Protect personal data using appropriate security
  • Notify authorities of personal data breaches
  • Obtain appropriate consents for processing data
  • Keep records detailing data processing

Risk and compliance assessorTransparent policies

Organizations are required to:

  • Provide clear notice of data collection
  • Outline processing purposes and use cases
  • Define data retention and deletion policies

Risk and compliance assessorIT and training

Organizations will need to:

  • Train privacy personnel and employees
  • Audit and update data policies
  • Employ a Data Protection Officer (if required)
  • Create and manage compliant vendor contracts


To help with this Microsoft has released a compliance tools in Office 365. Their tools will only address the data that is held in Office 365 and its applications but your on-premises data has to comply too.



Overall it won’t be too difficult to get your security stance up to par for this regulation. We have the tools available and we’ve always been big on security, so you won’t have far to travel to make sure that you’re in compliance. We have until May 2018 but I would recommend that we get started right away.

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