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Comply with the GDPR by following our proven approach
The General Data Protection Regulation: who is it for and by when?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will directly affect all organisations that gather the private data of EU citizens. It comes into effect from May 2018, so whatever the size of your company, organisations or business, you will need to comply with the new regulations.
The GDPR: a risk of severe penalties and damage to reputation
The GDPR is not a monster, but you need to take the new regulations very seriously and assimilate them into the way you operate without delay. Yes, important changes are required - and if you fail to comply with the GDPR once the regulations are introduced, then you risk what, in effect, are eye-watering penalties. The new legislation will allow for fines up to €20 million or 4% of your overall annual global turnover - so the EU is definitely not playing about with its intentions. And even if you could withstand the monetary fines, the damage to your reputation would be irreversible.
The GDPR: an opportunity to review your approach to privacy and data protection
On the upside, the GDPR also represents thangible benefits for your organisation and should be taken as an opportunity. Think of the GDPR acting as a nudge in the back - a catalyst, if you like - for you to review your current data protection practices.
The wording states that the GDPR requires "data protection by design" and operates oon an "accountability principle". This will require organisations to demonstrate how they comply, for example by having effective policies and procedures in place.
A well-design GDPR programme will help you to improve the quality of your governance processes and boost your resilience to unexpected negative events.
Our approach to the GDPR
The biggest challenge for achieving GDPR compliance resides in your ability to coordinate various activities. This requires a broad spectrum of different skills sets, each evolving at different pace.
Our proven and structured approach is four-fold
Our GDPR Compliance methodology, integrated into proper governance for data privacy, will effectively enhance your organisation and enable it to demonstrate accountability and transparency. It also proposes a pragmatic way of creating an initial draft compliance plan, identifying the right resources, assigning roles and responsibilities and defining proper metrics for the implementation.
Approach is also aware that the GDPR encompasses legal issues for which clients also may need advice. To meet this concern, Approach has partnered with the law practice Verhaegen & Walravens, which specialises in ICT and Data Privacy concerns.
With a highly skilled staff of experts coupled with automated internal tools, we provide a full range of services and supporting solutions to help our clients comply with the GDPR:
- Understanding your current compliancy level against GDPR, or how mature your current controls are, will be the starting point to start building a GDPR program and roadmap.
- Providing advisory services within your organization to support GDPR program.
- Supporting your DPO to gain in competence for his future duties and increasing the level of awareness within your teams.
- Having a robust incident response team may help your organization to support its obbligation and demonstrate accountability.
- Designing, developing and implementing applications for highly sensitive environment integrating security and privacy whithin each step of the development lifecycle.
- Maintaining the compliance on a daily base and ensuring controls are in place and efficient.
"Approach helped us to define a very clear and structures roadmap for implementing our GDPR compliance programme. Approach came up with a pragmatic and straightforward methodology covering the full spectrum of the GDPR, complete with a properlky controlled budget and timeline". Michel Ziegelshiffer, Risk and Compliance Director Volkswagen D'Ieteren Finance
“Edenred takes privacy of its customers and employees very seriously. In Approach we found an ideal partner to help us assess our maturity level against the General Data Protection Regulation, establish and drive a roadmap with the objective to meet our compliance obligations.” Koen Reyniers, COO BENELUX EDENRED
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Published on 06 March 2018
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