Happy Data Privacy Day!

Driven by the 16th Data Protection/Privacy Day on the 28th of January 2022, we would like to provide you with some tips for the adequate and efficient protection of your personal data and at the same time warn you for the adverse consequences which will arise in case of non-compliance.

The day was initiated by the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe in 2006 and it is celebrated in many European countries but also in the US and Canada. The purpose of Data Privacy Day is toraise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices.

First and foremost, companies should compose a strong privacy policy on the grounds that it constitutes the backbone of the data protection mechanism. Although technically a privacy policy is a legal document, it should be both accurate and comprehensible. It’s important to be straightforward and honest with customers about the consumer data you collect and what you do with it.

‘’Don’t collect what you don’t need’’. One of the cornerstone principles of the GDPR, namely the data minimization principle of Article 5. In particular, the data processing operations shall be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary in relation to the purposes for which they are processed. The more valuable information you possess and process, the bigger target you become for malicious activities. On the same wavelength, the aforementioned data shall be collected for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.

SECURE YOUR DATA! Another substantial factor for your company’s smooth operation is the implementation of an updated and efficient security system. A useful advice would be to put into effect multiple layers of security, using spam filters to avoid malware and phishing scams and to keep your email safer and easier to use. Furthermore, all new devices must be scanned before being attached to your network. Lastly, the education of your employees is of pivotal importance for the adequate protection of your company. Since they are the handlers of customer data, they need to be kept up to date on how to protect that information to make sure it does not accidentally land in the wrong hands. 

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