GDPR regulations are coming into force next year. But many organizations are unprepared for the changes, which could have serious implications on GDPR compliance. Here’s how Low-coders can make sure they’re ready.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – is coming into force on the 25th May 2018, but how much do you actually know about the European Union’s latest major piece of legislation? And is your organization ready for the changes?
GDPR is designed to protect all EU citizens’ personal data held anywhere in the world. But the regulation doesn’t stop there. The way we collect, store and process EU citizen data also falls under the new rules, and will have a significant impact on all organizations operating or trading within the EU.
With less than 12 months to act, you need to be prepared and start making changes – now. The clock is ticking…
What will the changes mean for you?
Simply – anyone handling personal data will be responsible for how it’s protected. And heavy penalties will be given to any organizations in breach – €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover.
The regulation incorporates seven rights:
- To be informed – organizations need to be transparent with people whose data they hold
- Access – allowing people to access their held data at any time
- Rectification – notifying of sharing data with third parties
- Erasure – also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’
- Restrict processing – people can block their data from being processed
- Data portability – allowing users to easily transfer personal data across environments
- To object – including public interest, direct marketing and scientific or historical research
3 stage process to coordinate and streamline compliance
We understand how important this legislation is to our customers (after all, handling data makes up a large part of what they do). So, we’ve developed a three stage process to help businesses simplify GDPR compliance:
- The ICO has published the 12 steps businesses should undertake to ensure compliance, but how do you keep track of all these activities? You could create your own quality and compliance management system quickly and easily using MATS Low-code. This will build a clear picture of which systems are compliant and create a report of non-compliance for regular review by the CIO. MATS can also publish relevant training and policy information to the members of staff who need to sign off. This ensures progress is continually communicated and tracked as you go.
- Many organizations will find it’s not just business systems that are affected – personal data are often stored, transferred and processed manually using email and spreadsheet workarounds. Ad-hoc, manual or simply clunky processes should be automated – which will reduce compliance risk and improve processes at the same time. MATS Low-code is an ideal technology choice for automation because it enables cross-functional teams to build solutions up to 10x faster than traditional methods.
- Outdated systems that can’t be upgraded are going to cause issues. By upgrading to MATS applications, you will be safe in the knowledge that your data is being protected and optimized for best use.
This is a quick guide to those 12 steps you can take now.
steps to take now
Information you hold
Communicating privacy information
Subject access requests
Lawful basis for processing personal data
Data Protection by Design and Data Protection Impact Assessments
Data Protection Officers
MATS GDPR: policy from the professionals
GDPR has far-reaching consequences for Low-code environments. At MATS, we’ve been hard at work mastering GDPR, so we can provide a seamless service for our customers, while maintaining full compliance.
Luckily, our history of working in highly regulated markets gives us a head start, and now we’re leading the way for compliance in Low-code.
We’ve commissioned a third-party security consultancy to provide a gap analysis of GDPR for the MATS platform, the surrounding architecture and MATS internal processes. And, as a result, we’ve produced a new policy document that outlines all you need to know about how MATS is meeting the regulations.
Find out more about getting GDPR compliant
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