The ever-growing need for data protection and security is creating legislation in various forms throughout the world. These laws and regulations often contain strict policies for organisations that handle personal information (PI) of citizens and how that data should be handled. One of the largest efforts we’ve seen is the European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
According to the Official EU GDPR website, GDPR was “designed to harmonize data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.” The regulation goes into effect 25 May 2018 and affects all companies with a specific European presence.
With hefty fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 Million (whichever is greater), having a resolute data governance strategy is essential. It’s important to know what data your company possesses, who it belongs to, where it’s located, how it’s used and what may impact it for GDPR compliance. So, what does that mean to your organisation doing business in Europe? The new law comes down to the following big IT areas:
Our tools can help you achieve a GDPR compliant data governance strategy in the following ways:
The Data Dictionary is also useful for recording responsibility for processing stages (particularly those within SSIS) as an added level of accountability.
Documentation for the core data is covered by the robust and customisable documentation tools within DOC xPress. DOC xPress creates documentation from SQL Server, SSAS, SSIS, SSRS, Excel, Oracle, Hive, Tableau and more and can generate documentation in a variety of formats. In addition, the documentation can be customised for different audiences, so that users only see the most relevant information for their role. This documentation is at the field level and helps clarify where personal information (PI) might be hiding in your organisation.
DOC xPress and LegiTest are just two of the products within our popular Pragmatic Workbench. This bundles four of our most popular SQL Server tools, helping you utilise the BI stack while saving time and increasing efficiency. See how our tools can integrate into your environment and help you achieve a GDPR compliant data governance strategy:
Please consult your legal team on how this regulation may impact your company.