Global tech firms are announcing their GDPR compliance as deadline nears

Organisations that fail to comply with the new regulation may face hefty fines

Global tech firms are announcing their GDPR compliance as deadline nears

Articles 12-14 of the GDPR outline the requirements for transparent information and communication, and stipulate what information is necessary to share with data subjects. Google, of course, is hoarding even more data about you than Facebook, a company that's been the news lately because of the Cambridge Analytica user privacy breach. But, whatever you do, you have to document how this approach meets General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) goals. It's a right to know what kind of data is used by a business about a person, and why. For many of us, we may not think of individual European countries as significant business partners of the Philippines. Specifically, the GDPR covers all "Personal Data", defined as "information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular, by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person".

Financial Services - Financial organizations often maintain huge stockpiles of PII data on account holders.

Individuals will be able to block the processing of their data for commercial reasons and even have data deleted under the "right to be forgotten". For example, a call centre contracted by a newsroom to provide customer services on its behalf: the former might be a processor, while the utility company would be the controller.

A data processor stores, structures, or otherwise processes data on behalf of the controller.

Internal mechanisms and control systems must be put in place to ensure compliance along with evidence to prove this.

Last week Google introduced explanatory videos to explain their GDPR compliant privacy policies while also rolling out notifications to users across the globe which left most privacy watchdogs fairly satisfied with the attempt, something that technology giant IBM has implemented globally as well. Consent requirements will also be more stringent.

Parents will decide for children until they reach the age of consent, which member states will set anywhere between 13 and 16 years old. Post-discharge patient engagement also requires that patient health data collection and processing be subject to the GDPR for European Union residents who received medical care outside the EU.

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Requests for consent need to be clearly presented in an intelligible, easily accessible way in plain language. Companies should have protocols in place to respond to breaches that address timing and notice requirements. If there is a data breach, the individual must be notified within 72 hours of the data breach.

The new regulation will no doubt change the way stakeholders in the health travel industry address personal data belonging to medical tourists from the EU. The aim of the GDPR is to give more protection to an individual's data in the digital age.

The attendee is told, during the registration process, that their data will be collected by exhibitors for the goal of marketing/selling their product to the attendee. Breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data transmitted, stored or otherwise processed will lead to a breach of the GDPR [general data protection regulation].

"Threats of hefty fines, as well as the increasingly empowered position of individual data subjects tilt the business case for compliance and should cause decision-makers to re-evaluate measures to safely process personal data". Others, like the right to a copy of your data, are created to give users more control over their digital selves.

Under the GDPR rule, consent must be sought from the patient before processing their personal data and according to the provisions of the rule, the consent must be freely given, specific to the goal for which the data is to be processed, informed, unambiguous, and explicit.

The fines are steep, with up to 4% of annual global revenue or $20 million, whichever is greater.

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