BY Stephen Cavey | 16/11/2020
The EU mandated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in May 2018, with the goal of protecting all forms of personal data, which is defined as any information relating a person to an identifier. Since its inception, there’s been some confusion about what classifies as general and sensitive personal data, which may be a top contributing factor as to why only 20% of businesses believe they are GDPR compliant. Let’s break down what this really means, and how organizations can handle such data under the GDPR, without violating compliance.
Under the GDPR, personal data means any information that is clearly identifiable and about a particular person. This can include names, identification numbers, location data, as well as other instances of structured and unstructured data. “Sensitive” personal data generally falls into the following categories, and as a business, this data must be treated with the highest security:
Once these different types of data are understood and classified, it’s time to address how to process sensitive information in a compliant manner under the GDPR. The processing of sensitive data is only legal if it satisfies at least one of the following conditions:
GDPR compliance is often labeled as difficult to achieve, with 36% of businesses claiming GDPR requirements are too complex to implement. Just understanding how to process sensitive personal data under the legislation is enough to make one’s head spin. But the good news is that it doesn’t have to be so difficult.
With Enterprise Recon by Ground Labs, GDPR compliance is easily achievable, as the award-winning solution can identify, monitor and remediate over 300 different types of data, including personal sensitive information. Organizations can also create an inventory of sensitive data, upholding the GDPR requirement for ongoing data surveillance by monitoring it around the clock via the Enterprise Recon dashboard.
Don’t leave sensitive personal information up to chance — book a demo with us today to get started on a clear path to GDPR compliance.
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