General Data Protection Regulation

What is GDPR?

When it comes to Data Privacy and Protection, GDPR leads the way. The European Union brought General Data Protection Regulation into enforcement on 25th May 2018. GDPR provides specific guidance on how Personally Identifiable Information (PII) should be recorded, stored and transferred without overstepping the right to privacy of the EU citizens. The attention catcher was the heavy fines and penalties towards non-compliance. Since the regulation deals with PII - various organizations such as banks, telecom companies, airlines, and other customer centric service providers automatically fall under its ambit. GDPR applies to both companies within the European Union, as well to companies outside the European Union if they are offering services to EU citizens.

According to GDPR, an organisation can be a data controller or processor or both based on role it plays in handling Personally Identifiable Information (PII). As a data controller, the organization is responsible for the security and accountability of personal data. Any other organization functioning as a partner or as a service provider and in that capacity has access to PII – then the partner / service provider is treated as a data processor and are liable to meeting the requirements defined under GDPR. GDPR clearly lays down the responsibilities and liabilities for data controllers, data processors and joint controllers.

It’s a regulation – definitely its complex and jargon rich!

GDPR could be complex and tedious to understand at first but being in line with GDPR:

  • Demonstrates your commitment towards data privacy to your clients
  • Safeguards the PII (Personally Identifiable Information) from loss, theft, manipulations
  • Saves from paying huge penalties on non-compliance (up to 20 million Euros or 4% of the worldwide annual revenue of the prior financial year).

GDPR Consulting & Implementation Assistance

A GDPR assessment is the first and a wise step to begin with, whether you understand the regulation or not. At Crossbow Labs, our Privacy team are a group of techno consultants – who have exhaustive cybersecurity consulting experience and have been keenly following the privacy landscape ever since the ‘Safe Harbour’ decision.

With several GDPR implementation engagements under our belt since 2018 – we have developed our GDPR Adherence Methodology. Our Methodology is based on defense in depth practices spanning network architecture, application security, IT infrastructure security, policies and procedures in maintaining the security of the data.

GDPR Adherence Methodology

  • GDPR Awareness Session
    Before implementing the regulatory requirements, we make sure that your organization has enough understanding of the regulation and why and where it is applicable to your products or services.
  • Data Inventory Audit
    We will help you identify the PII retained within your organization and understand its lifecycle
  • GDPR Assessment
    After identifying PII, we will review the existing set up against the requirements outlined in the regulation to identify gaps in the organization’s GDPR preparedness.
  • GDPR Implementation Assistance
    We will assist you in designing essential policies and procedures related to data protection, consent, subject access request, privacy notice, and relevant forms. We will facilitate the setting up Data Protection Office, Data Breach Incident Management desk, Consent Management desk, and related workflows.
  • Data Protection Impact Assessment
    We will assist you with the Data Protection Impact Assessment (if processing could result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of natural persons Article 35, GDPR).

GDPR Implementation Workshop

GDPR’s implementation and adherence through the organization become easy once the awareness regarding the regulation sets in. Since GDPR is a comparatively new regulation it is important that the Data Protection Officers and employees handling PII understand it relatively well.

Crossbow Labs’ team of SMEs have carefully devised and customized the GDPR training course. In line with your business needs and objectives, our training courses will help your organization to:

  • Build GDPR awareness across the organization
  • Lower the likelihood of PII data loss, and
  • Make GDPR requirements easy to comprehend and adhere to.
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