Nine-point plan to ensure GDPR Compliance in the IoT environment while protecting customers as well as the company

Published by: Albert Gibosse

Indeed, GDPR poses complex challenges to IoT programs and networks, as companies could face fines of up to four percent of turnover for data breaches under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that came into force on 25 May 201,but compliance is not impossible and is rather beneficial as companies that go the extra mile in protecting data will enjoy increased customer trust, which can be a business differentiator.

Granted GDPR compliance is somewhat challenging when it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT) because of a set of constraints that include the difficulty to gain the consent needed to process personal data within IoT networks, the lack of GDPR’s hallmark privacy by design requirement, here is a ten-point plan that organizations should emphasize upon for their IoT project(s).

  1. Be aware of the data you collect and process

Whether or not your organization collects personal data, that doesn’t mean it is exempt from the regulations.

GDPR requires that data collected from sensors from IoT devices be protected and be well secured if there is a problem. Thus, companies need to reconsider how they’re storing data and implement secure technology( blockchain, may not be appropriate for every application) to protect businesses, as this tech mitigates any risk that a company may face under GDPR since there simply isn’t any user data stored in a business’ database for a malicious party to steal.

  1. Think Consent and beyond consent

GDPR requires that consent has to be given when personal data is processed. Likewise, customers can withdraw consent and have the ‘right to be forgotten by having all data about them permanently deleted, even from suppliers’ database.

  1. Document details you deal with to meet the requirements of GDPR

Organization must record details of their data processing. Good record kkeping will help you.

Granted GDPR isn’t designed to catch companies out, understanding what you do and doing the right thing will go a long way.

  1. Emphasize upon Privacy by Design

Being part of an entire ecosystem, privacy by desgn applies to devices as well as to software and backend systems. Also provision for older devices by deciding whether they need to collect that data as well.

  1. Basic security hygiene will ensure compliance

Making sure that all systems are patched and kept up to date is important, as the IoT world is vulnerable. This applies to manufacturing systems as well.

Additionally, companies must also think about more complex attacks, such as denial of service (DoS) and data being manipulated, and about the processes around this.

  1. See GDPR as a business differentiator

Trust has always been and will remain an integral part in the future of data protection, as that will also give you a competitive advantage.

  1. GDPR compliance is ongoing

Think of GDPR compliance as evolving over time toward being better forever.”

  1. Employing a data protection officer and place her/him within the compliance function

A data protection officer (DPO) will ensure regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a wide scale.

  1. Prepare your response

Ensure that tested, well-rehearsed, and updated management plans are in place to properly handle subject access requests and to report any breaches within 72 hours. While some customers may demand to see proof that data is being collected in their own interests and for a useful purpose, others may insist that their data be permanently removed from systems.

After all, GDPR has been introduced to protect consumers’ and citizens’ interests, to reset the balance within the information economy – which regulators believe has tipped to far towards organizations’ commercial interests – and to prevent the wholesale grabbing of private data.

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