The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will set a new standard for how companies use and protect EU citizens’ data. It will take effect from May 2018.

At sloppy.io, we’ve been working hard to prepare for GDPR, to ensure that we fulfil its obligations and maintain our transparency about customer messaging and how we use data. 

Here’s an overview of GDPR, and how we are preparing for it:

What’s GDPR?   

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) is a new comprehensive data protection law that comes into effect on May 25, 2018. It will replace existing EU Data Protection law to strengthen the protection of “personal data” and the rights of the individual. It will be a single set of rules which govern the processing and monitoring of EU data.

Does it affect me? 

Yes, most likely. If you hold or process the data of an any person in the EU, the GDPR will apply to you, whether you’re based in the EU or not. 

How is sloppy.io preparing for GDPR?

Our teams have been working to define our GDPR roadmap. This is a massive overhaul of processes and data models to make sure we’re meeting our legal obligations, and doing the best thing for our customers while still letting us move fast, scale and build great products. 

Here are the main things we’ve been doing to ensure we’re setting up ourselves and our customers up to meet GDPR obligations:

We’re building new features 

Our teams are building the necessary features that will enable our customers to easily and fully delete all data linked to an individual user. 

We’re updating our Data Processing Agreements (DPAs): 

Strong data protection commitments are a key part of GDPR’s requirements. Our updated data processing agreement shares our privacy commitments and sets out the terms for sloppy.io and our customers to meet GDPR requirements. This is available for customers to sign upon request.  

We’re coordinating with our vendors

We’re reviewing all our vendors, finding out about their GDPR plans and arranging similar GDPR-ready data processing agreements with them. 

We’re taking new security measures

We are reviewing our internal access design to ensure the right people have access to the right level of customer data. 

We’ll keep sharing information on our progress, and we’ll also help our customers and prospective customers be compliant. Some steps you can take are: 

  • Get familiar with the GDPR requirements and how they affect your company. 
  • Map out everywhere you process data and carry out a gap analysis.
  • Consider how you can leverage sloppy.io to help with your GDPR compliance.
  • Look at your product roadmap, think about privacy when you’re planning. 
  • Chat to your lawyer about what your company needs to do to.
  • Keep an eye on the developing guidelines from the GDPR Article 29 Working Party

Tags: GDPR, DSGVO, DSVGO, data protection, privacy

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