It seems like every week there is a news blast on how data has been misunderstood, misused or abused. From Cambridge Analytica’s purposeful abuse of personal data to Strava’s unintentional reveal of military bases, 2018 has brought the consequences of personal data collection to the forefront. That said, it’s important not to forget that with proper use, personal data can have a huge, positive impact on your HR practices. Employers have used personal data to make better hiring decisions, help employees get healthy and address biases in the workplace.
Of all the lawful bases a company can have for processing employee data under GDPR, consent can be a tricky one. Just look to Facebook and the Cambridge Analytica incident. Facebook faces controversy for failing to protect personal data and not being fully transparent around how data could be shared with third parties. As a result, governments around the world are investigating the company and users are dropping the service.
With the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) going into effect in late May, I was curious to learn from the experts at the International Privacy + Security Forum in Washington D.C. As expected, there was a lot of talk about the GDPR and three themes were common throughout the conference:
Have you been hearing conflicting information about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what HR must do to be compliant? It’s understandable as the GDPR isn’t so black-and-white. To help make it more clear, we set set the record straight for some of the most common misconceptions about the GDPR.
The beginning of February brings us to just over 3 months until the GDPR takes effect on May 25, 2018. At this point, it’s important to have a handle on what HR must do to come into compliance along with an action plan for getting there. To help you get that plan in order, we’ve outlined eight steps to take as you prepare for GDPR compliance (for more detailed guidance, don’t forget to download our GDPR for HR checklist when you’re done.)
With GDPR looming around the corner, we know you might be feeling a bit anxious. It’s ok. We were there, too. Yes, really! In the face of GDPR, one thing is certain—we’re all in the same boat. With 200+ employees spread across 8 countries there were several HR policies and practices we had to evaluate to ensure full compliance come May 25th. In fact, we want to tell you all about how we personally tackled the process and what we learned.
With so many news articles focusing on obstacles, it’s easy to miss the benefits the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) presents for businesses. The privacy regulation, designed to protect EU residents, will also benefit businesses looking to streamline processes, improve security and build trust with consumers.