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If you’re not quite ready for the GDPR, there’s a tool to help

Monday, February 12, 2018 By Sara-Clare Pehrson

 

Like many organizations, you’re probably working hard towards General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. The new EU law takes effect on May 25, 2018, and it’s complex—requiring profound changes by companies worldwide. So, are you ready for the GDPR?

 

A quick recap of the GDPR, and the implications for organizations like yours

The law enhances personal privacy rights for EU citizens. It ensures that people have the right to access, move, and erase their personal data; correct inaccuracies; and object to processing of their data. As such, the law requires that organizations must be much more accountable for protecting personal data, no matter where the business itself is located (in or outside of the EU); if your data belongs or relates to EU residents, you’ll need to be in compliance with the GDPR.

Have you achieved the privacy goals set out in the GDPR?

The GDPR defines how you gather, use, and manage personal data. Have you done what’s needed to ensure compliance? Have you updated company privacy policies? Strengthened data protection protocols and breach-notification procedures? Initiated more transparent data management policies? And perhaps also invested in additional training and IT solutions, if needed?

An on-line tool that helps you benchmark

Thankfully, Microsoft has a developed and dedicated readiness assessment tool for organizations like yours to check their GDPR readiness. With the free, easy-to-use, on-line tool, you’ll answer a series of questions that are designed to assist you in identifying implementable technologies and steps that can serve to simplify GDPR compliance efforts.

Assess your readiness for the GDPR now

If you’ve already made considerable efforts towards becoming GDPR compliant, we encourage you to use the convenient Microsoft-provided assessment to check and see if you’re all set. And if not, you can use the tool to gain a better understanding of what you still need to do to meet the privacy goals stipulated in the GDPR. With Microsoft’s on-line tool, you’ll quickly proceed through five categories of questions (26 in total) to assess your readiness: segmentation, discover, manage, protect, and report.

Now’s the time to ensure that your organization is prepared for what lies ahead – therefore, don’t hesitate to contact us if you want to learn more about how we can help get your organization GDPR compliant.

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