GDPR compliant

The importance of GDPR compliance in Germany and how ECDU.EU can support you

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), also known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in English-speaking countries, is a regulation that has fundamentally changed the data protection landscape for companies across Europe. Its main goal is to give individuals more control over their personal data and to harmonize data protection laws across European Union (EU) member states. The GDPR came into force on May 25, 2018 and applies to any company, regardless of location, that processes data from EU citizens.

Understanding of the GDPR

The GDPR requires companies to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens when transacting within EU member states. It not only concerns the transfer of personal data outside the EU, but also provides a framework for the collection, storage and processing of such data within the EU.

It sets out a number of obligations for companies to comply with the GDPR. These include but are not limited to:

  • transparency

  • consent

  • Data minimization

  • Right of access

  • Right to deletion

  • Data portability

Role of a cybersecurity company

As a cybersecurity company, our main goal is to ensure your company is GDPR compliant. We understand the challenges that small and medium-sized businesses may face in complying with the GDPR, particularly due to a lack of internal resources or expertise. Therefore, we offer a range of services aimed at helping your business navigate the complexities of GDPR.

Regular training can reduce human errors and make staff aware of potential threats and best practices to avoid them.

Assessment and gap analysis : We conduct an initial assessment of your current data protection protocols and identify any gaps in compliance.

Develop a compliance strategy : Based on the assessment, we develop a comprehensive GDPR compliance strategy tailored to your organization. This includes processes for obtaining consent, data minimization and processing data access and deletion requests.

Training and Awareness Programs : We offer training and awareness programs for your employees that educate them on GDPR obligations, which is crucial to avoid accidental data breaches.

Data Breach Response Plan : We help develop a robust data breach response plan that includes notifying relevant authorities and individuals within 72 hours of discovery of the breach, a GDPR requirement.

Implementation and Verification : We assist in the implementation of the compliance strategy and provide periodic verification services to ensure ongoing compliance.

Consequences of non-conformity

Failure to comply with the GDPR can result in severe penalties. A company can be fined up to 20 million euros or 4% of its total worldwide turnover for the previous financial year, whichever is greater. Additionally, it can damage a company's reputation, potentially resulting in a loss of customer trust and business.

In addition, individuals affected by a GDPR violation can take legal action against the company. This could result in significant financial consequences, including damages.

GDPR is more than just another compliance requirement. It offers companies the opportunity to gain the trust of their customers by demonstrating their commitment to data protection.

Small and medium-sized businesses may find the journey to GDPR compliance challenging, but with the right cybersecurity partner, this journey can become manageable and beneficial in the long run. By ensuring GDPR compliance, companies not only avoid hefty fines, but also promote improved customer relationships through increased data protection measures.

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