Maintaining Compliance and some double checks on your GDPR journey

Updated: Apr 13, 2020

GDPR and maintaining compliance is an ongoing journey for organisations within the scope of the regulation.

First and foremost, you should learn GDPR and its impact in order for you and your company to come up with an efficient action plan to maintain compliance. Whether you’re inside the European Union or a company which lies outside the EU but processed data of citizens within Europe, you’re equally obligated to comply with the regulation.

In transferring data to premises outside the EU, ensure that you have a legal reason for the transfer especially if you cannot guarantee that the receiver of the data is fully compliant with the regulations of GDPR.

Frequently conduct an assessment of your policies in data protection and your codes of conduct to certify that you are in accordance with the principles of GDPR consistently.

The money will always be brought into perspective especially when it comes to preparing for your readiness in abiding with GDPR. Make sure you know the extent of your preparedness in order for you to grasp the level of changes that you should do in order to meet the demands of the regulation.

It is also important for you to review your contract with your data controllers, processors and your subcontractors. You wouldn’t want to get in trouble with the EU.

Review the flow of the personal data and its security and it is also important for you to map your current systems and test if they are fit for GDPR compliance.

You should implement privacy and security by design.

Change your mechanism when it comes to data consent as GDPR gave data subjects more powers when it comes to their rights to consent.

Educate and train your employees. Never neglect them because they also play a crucial part in maintaining compliance. Make sure you train them to be compliant with GDPR.

Prepare a compliance accountability procedure that will serve as your aid to prove that you have followed the protocols in data protection under GDPR.

Always have written documentation with you that you can pull out whenever proof is needed for your data processing transactions.

Calculate the risks that might potentially occur and harm both your company and your data subjects to know the extent of the protection that you need to take to mitigate the risks of breaches.

Formulate a response plan that you can use whenever am unfortunate breach occurs to help you avoid troubles with GDPR. Make sure that this plan has define and precise policies and procedures that can be understood by everyone.

Keep yourself posted and updated with possible changes and adjustments with the Regulation to make sure that you will never be negligent to every rule demanded by the regulation. Prevention is always better than cure.

Develop an incident response plan with clear policies and procedures.