The rights of individuals in GDPR - part 2

The scope of the GDPR

By applying the rights of persons, the GDPR grants the consumer/citizen a right to information, control and object as to the use of their personal data by private and public businesses. In this context, it's important for the consumer/citizen, as well as for businesses, to understand the underlying principles (see the first part of this article), the necessary implementation and the tools to use.

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The rights of individuals in GDPR - part 1

Personal data : an enduring misunderstanding

A great deal of enterprises consider that the data they collect and store are their « property ». Regarding personal data, of course it's not true.

As a matter of fact, in the data world, you must distinguish the « container » from the « content ». Companies own the containers and processings, but the contents are and remain the full and whole property of those who are at the origin of the data.

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GDPR : roles and inventories

As part of the GDPR, the technological tools made available inside an organization aim at fulfilling the needs of the stakeholders in charge of privacy within the computer information systems. We can globally discern three types of profiles that will have a role to play in their organization's compliance strategy :

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Are you ready for data compliance ?

According to the "European report on data confidentiality" by Symantec,

« 92% of French organizations are concerned about their ability to be in compliance with EU's General Data Protection Regulation »

96% of the surveyed companies (in France, Germany and the UK) only have a partial understanding of the upcoming GDPR.

23% of these companies even claim that they will not at all be ready or only partially in compliance with the regulation by 2018.

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