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Talking to GDPR Expert Thiébaut Devergranne

How can you ensure GDPR compliance for your business? According to Thiébaut Devergranne, businesses should first make sure that their third-party software providers and other solutions that they’re using are in compliance with the new law.

SendinBlue is actively preparing for the arrival of the GDPR, which enters into effect in May 2018. What major changes do you see in this new legislation in contrast to existing laws?

Essentially, the GDPR is an update from the old laws that includes real consequences.

If you are processing personal data as defined by the new law (a name, a first name, the image of an individual, social security number, etc.) on your computer systems, this new regulation applies to you.

There’s an impression that the law defines broad principles but leaves enterprises in the dark on how to properly comply. How will this law be applied in practice?

That’s actually very normal. In reality, that is the exact purpose of the law. Let’s take an example: the text of the law requires the establishment of adequate security measures when dealing with personal data. But, the law does not define what these measures (antivirus software, strategic defense initiatives) actually should be because that’s not the role of the law.

Therefore, subjects of the law must adapt accordingly to their specific situation. This adaptation normally falls on the in-house lawyers at companies affected by the law, usually with the help of engineers. Their job is to ensure that the proper measures are taken to be in compliance with the law with regard to their particular case… more


 
 
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