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WhatsApp to bring new data privacy option in May

WhatsApp to bring new data privacy option in May

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) are due to become law on May 25 this year.

Due to come into effect on 25 May 2018, the EU GDPR aims to ensure the protection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII), however, according to recent figures over 50% of companies across the United Kingdom will not be ready for the new regulation by the deadline. The new rules might also mean that businesses will make the checkout process more secure by introducing more authentication mechanisms and that your personal data will be updated to include only what is necessary.

Olivia O'Kane, partner at Carson McDowell, said: "We are delighted to confirm that Sir Stephens has confirmed that he is available to open our session on 15 February 2018".

Some businesses are required to appoint a DPO including public authorities, businesses that process special categories of data (such as criminal convictions and offenses) and organizations that "carry out large scale systematic monitoring" of people, like website traffic tracking software companies.

One other positive point to note is that a lot of the "red tape" associated with registering for data protection will be done away with.




A recent government-sponsored survey revealed that less than half of United Kingdom businesses and charities were aware of GDPR just four months before the compliance deadline. He's got a new broom and he won't be afraid to require sweeping changes. It sets out the responsibilities of businesses in relation to the collection, use, disclosure, retention and protection of personal data. It's not enough to merely comply with the new GDPR, businesses must be able to prove they're doing so.

"I got into security before anyone cared about it, and I had a hard time finding a job", said the 46-year-old, who is the data protection officer (DPO) of analytics start-up Sumo Logic in Redwood City near San Francisco. The GDPR is a complex set of rules and regulations, and any legislation which runs to more than 200 pages requires your attention and demands that you take steps now to ensure compliance. First, companies should determine whether the GDPR applies to them.

Under the GDPR, any information relating to a natural person or "data subjects" such as names, photos, email addresses, social networking post, medical information, IP addresses, or bank information should be protected by data controllers and data processors. Colleagues in marketing won't necessarily play a role in this exercise - although, as data handlers their input would be valuable - but may need to revisit contracts with external suppliers including email marketing platforms, lead generators and so on.

But as well as affecting corporations, GDPR also has implications for contractors working with them, if these contractors have any access to personal data.

Many of those firms reside in Germany, which has long required that most companies that process data designate DPOs. Data can be encrypted at the file, system, email or even user level to ensure the appropriate levels of protection are in place. Further, controllers will have to limit access to personal data to those needing it to complete processing. Cloud service providers are considered processors and are not exempt from GDPR enforcement.