Israel's New Privacy Protection Regulations Kick In Weeks Before GDPR

May 09, 2018, 01:39
Israel's New Privacy Protection Regulations Kick In Weeks Before GDPR

The GDPR envisages creating a systematic regime of data protection and privacy laws within the EU.

Known as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the broad law is fast approaching, coming into effect May 25 for all European Union member states.

If a personality detox is more of a self-imposed exercise, organisations are obliged by law to review how they retain personal data -With the upcoming data protection reform, the GDPR, data should not be kept longer than necessary.

A good place to start that understanding is the EU GDPR Portal.

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What's covered in the GDPR?

Federal data breach regulations set to take effect November 1 will require mandatory reporting of security breaches that pose a "real risk of significant harm", but stop short of the strict reporting requirements in the GDPR. UC leaders need to implement certain controls to ensure they are meeting GDPR storage, reporting and customer access requirements. Use of mobile device management tools is one measure companies can take to remotely wipe or kill a compromised or lost device in order to prevent a data breach, according to Osterman's 2018 report What You Should Know About the GDPR.

Organisations are anxious about whether GDPR would have any profound impact on companies in India. In the unified communications (UC) space, this could include conferencing applications that capture participant information, voicemails, email, chat sessions, call data records, location information, or customer data records held in contact center platforms or customer relationship management (CRM) systems. And remember that backups of an individual's data need to be deleted as well, upon request.

Determine whether a unit/department privacy notice is needed. In addition, GDPR affords greater protections to "special categories of personal data", such as data relating to health, racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union memberships, etc.

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Having automated processes with built-in restrictions in place further protects client data and reduces the chances of companies becoming non-compliant.

If a company institutes a privacy policy, but fails to comply with that policy, it risks violating Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act, which prohibits unfair methods of competition and deceptive practices.

This assessment should include an evaluation of the information your organization processes, how it's being processed, and the objective of doing so. In the case of the GDPR, compare what you're now doing against the new requirements and identify steps to fix potential discrepancies. Policies should also state whether customers' data are being provided to third parties. And while compliance is mandatory, it will also bring spillover benefits in customer engagement, competitive positioning, eDiscovery and more general regulatory compliance, he added.

Any business which regularly or systematically monitors data on a large scale must employ a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to ensure that the company complies with the GDPR obligations. Help employees see their responsibility in the context of the bigger picture. For customers who want more information on those sites' policies, it's often best to refer them to the social-medial companies themselves.

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While U.S. companies may think European Union regulations have little relevance domestically, the GDPR applies to any organization doing business with European Union citizens. For example, at Acceleration Partners, we follow and participate in the International Advertising Bureau UK and the Information Commissioner's Office to ensure our company (and our industry) is prepared. Failure to comply may trigger the hefty GDPR penalties.

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