The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect on 25 May 2018. It became one of the leading pieces of legislation in the world to offer the highest levels of protection to the personal data of individuals. Many countries followed suit to raise the bar in how organisations handle personal data. The trend continues with China and India next in line to adopt legislation with similar levels of protection which may result in half of the global population enjoying rights similar to what the GDPR offers. The GDPR has definitely had a domino effect.
Organisations continue to take steps towards compliance as this is a reiterative exercise. We also continue to develop new ways of supporting our clients and have built tools and solutions to help clients to be efficient in their GDPR compliance efforts:
- GDPR toolkit. A toolkit of accountability documents to help organisations meet their GDPR requirements.
- Datarologie. An innovative service providing a one-stop shop for privacy compliance needs combining technology solutions and consultancy services. The comprehensive offering includes data subject rights management; a tracking tool for personal data breach preparation and response, auditing and benchmarking; outsourced Data Protection Officer services; GDPR representative services in the UK and the EU, as well as the provision of legal advice.
- Data Transfer Impact Assessment tool. This tool allows organizations to automate and create (1) a risk assessment for data transfers to third countries, whether controller to controller or controller to processor, and (2) automated drafting of a data processing agreement and standard contractual clauses (SCCs). This will become an all-in-one tool to deal with data transfers and cut down on contract review time. This tool should be ready in time when the final EU SCCs are published by the European Commission. This tool will be updated with the new SCCs once issued by the European Commission, which is expected to happen in a number of weeks.
- GDPR Assessment. An assessment methodology to check GDPR compliance, including compliance with the accountability principle.
Please do not hesitate to contact our team for further information or to discuss your data protection needs. Happy GDPR Anniversary!