Thursday, March 29, 2018

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance Software

It’s a fairly sure bet that most businesses don’t welcome more regulation in the form of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a 56,000 word document aimed at protecting personal data. The implementation deadline for the GDPR is 25 May 2018.

On the other side of the coin, there are no doubt many people who believe that the GDPR will help, among other things, to reduce marketing or emails, calls and texts, many of which are of no relevance to them, or which, in the case of bogus messages, can lead to scams. 

Most businesses would probably look for a way of reducing the risks from the GDPR as cost effectively and quickly as possible, so that they can get back to the business of providing goods and services.  

The easiest way to reduce GDPR risks (in the form of the potentially much greater fines) is probably simply to avoid collecting and holding personal data at all, and to securely delete any that is held. But, of course, businesses want to hold on to records about customers. 

Bearing in mind that businesses are looking for the easiest way of complying with the GDPR, we have put together the attached list of vendors who say that they have software that can help with GDPR compliance.  

Please be aware that we have not had the opportunity to test or assess this software ourselves, nor do we know the cost of it. However, if firms approach us, and allow us to test their software, we are prepared to do so, and would then provide a write up for everyone’s consideration. We do not produce such software ourselves.

You do of course need to undertake your own due diligence exercise before considering purchasing any software from these firms, or paying for their advice.

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