The General Data Protection Regulation was created with the aim of granting citizens greater control over their personal data. However, knowing how to comply with the Data Protection Law and taking the necessary steps can be a hassle for companies.
This is especially true in contexts where data management and process is particularly complex such as in the software development sector.
We’re discussing here everything you need to know about how to comply with the Data Protection Law in the context of software development.
The Data Protection Law (General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR) entered into force on May 25, 2018, assuming a unified legal framework at the European level for the protection of personal data.
From the point of view of citizens, the goal was to guarantee them greater security of protection of their personal data.
Thus, since its entry into force, the law creates the obligation for companies that work with the personal data of citizens of the European Union to comply with a series of requirements outlined in the regulations.
Data Protection puts a key concept at the center: the right of deletion. This is defined as the right to "eliminate, hide and cancel information or past events in people's lives".
Put into practice, the right of deletion allows citizens to require companies to make the record with personal data disappear or leave no trace on the web (in the latter case, when applied to search engines such as Google, we speak of the "right to forget").
The Data Protection Law also outlines the specific instances and circumstances in which this right will be safeguarded. These instances include:
We speak about data life cycle because, according to the Data Protection Law, it is understood that companies are allowed to keep data only for a limited time in the cases mentioned in the previous section.
In this way, once the commercial relationship has ended or when any relationship for which the person has given their consent ends, access to the data must be blocked. After the blocking period, the data must be completely deleted. This process is known as the lifecycle management of each person (or seed) data structure.
From the Data Protection regulations, a series of sanctions were established aimed at guaranteeing compliance with the law: the fine can reach 4% of the annual worldwide turnover or 20 million euros (whichever is greater).
In this sense, some fines that have already been made effective for companies that have failed to comply with the rule include:
For companies, complying with the Data Protection Law involves using the appropriate software to process the large number of personal data they have, and generate all the required deletions.
With specialized GDPR compliance software, it is possible to:
In addition, the appropriate software will give the option of carrying out these actions manually or automatically, and of being able to execute the data from the graphical interface and through particular requests.
The anonymization processes involve the transformation of sets of personal data into anonymous information, that is, information that is not related to a natural person.
In this way, a new set of data is generated in which there is no possibility of identifying the natural persons that are part of the data, this being an irreversible process.
On the other hand, pseudonymization generates two sets of data: the one with the pseudonymized information, and another with information that would potentially allow the anonymization to be reversed.
At icaria Technology we work to help companies manage their data efficiently, safely, and in accordance with the law.
In this sense, we have generated two software solutions:
In this way, at icaria we side with companies, making it easier for them to comply with the law as well as generating trust in customers and suppliers, also avoiding potential sanctions. Do you want to know more about Data Protection and how to comply with the law in a test data environment? Request a demo without obligation and see firsthand how our software facilitates these processes.