Under the GDPR, companies are responsible to take the adequate measures necessary to ensure the personal information of their EU clients is kept secured. Entities can face huge penalties and fines for non-compliance.

If your business collects data from, advertises to, or sells products and services to anyone living in the EU, your company must become compliant with GDPR standards. This means even if someone from the EU is a potential customer, that receives your newsletter, you’re required to get GDPR compliant.

Under the GDPR protected personal information includes but is not limited to:

  • Names
  • Addresses
  • Phone numbers
  • Email addresses
  • Government-issued IDs (including numbers
    associated with licensing, military, social
    services, and healthcare)
  • IP addresses
  • Credit card numbers and banking data
  • Passwords and usernames

Compliance can be tricky – especially when its drafted by international legislators. Many companies have been left with their heads spinning trying to sort out their compliance responsibilities. Check out the top three things professionals should know about GDPR compliance:

Expansion of Personally Identifiable Information (PII)

The GDPR has an expanded view of what constitutes personally identifiable information (PII). Under the GDPR, user’s IP addresses and cookie data are considered just as sensitive as names, addresses and social insurance numbers. If your organization works with EU clients and collects their PIN – be sure every inch of data you collect is subject to strict protection protocols.

Vague Wording

Like with many other regulatory documents, the GDPR leaves much to the imagination – making it difficult for professionals to know if they’re staying compliant. For example, the GDPR uses wording like “reasonable” levels of data protection without defining what “reasonable” looks like. This gives the GDPR a lot of leeway in terms of governing compliance and assessing fines. Your best bet is to adopt a ‘better too much than too little’ approach to client data security.

Extensive Data Protection

While the expansion of PIN data above may be responsibility enough, the data protected by the GDPR is much more extensive. In addition to personal details and IP data, the GDPR seeks to protect more wide-ranging personal data like health and genetic data, biometrics, race and ethnicity details, political opinions and sexual orientation. If your company solicits any of this kind of information from EU clients, it is subject to strict privacy regulation.

If your company hasn’t taken some time to consider these regulations and the challenges associated with getting compliant, you’re already behind. The GDPR compliance regulations have been in effect since May and the time to get compliant is now.

Wondering how to get started with compliance? Why not partner with Menark Technologies for a comprehensive GDPR compliance audit? Cut out the noise and go straight to the professionals. This way, you’ll have the peace of mind and confidence to know that you’ve taken GDPR compliance seriously.

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Here are some of the key benefits of partnering with an Menark Technologies for a GDPR audit:

Expertise and Experience

Our team of industry professionals has the data-security experience and expertise required to help you tackle such wide-reaching regulatory standards. Menark Technologies will analyze your network from top to bottom. They know what to look for, what to fix, and above all, they’ll make your compliance effort a breeze.

Comprehensive Full-Coverage

Working with Menark Technologies will take away all the guess-work from your GDPR compliance battle. Companies looking for GDPR audit services can trust Menark Technologies to ensure your network is compliant at all endpoints. By working through the details carefully, alongside an expert, your compliance effort will be consistent and comprehensive.

Consultative Partnership

The world of data protection and regulations for business professionals is likely to keep evolving over time. The great thing about seeking out a GDPR from Menark Technologies is that you’ll have a consultant in your corner as things change. If regulations become stricter or a new set of compliance rules is released, you’ll know exactly who to call to ensure your entire organization is compliant.

Have questions? Don’t waste any more time trying to figure out the GDPR mandates on your own! Contact Menark Technologies anytime for consultation and support. You can reach the Menark Technologies team anytime at (866) 339-0959 or via email at info@menark.com.