A Punter’s Perspective to
General Data Protection Regulation
As a Sky subscriber, I really resent having to key-in a four-digit pin-code, to view a boxset I have already paid for. It’s my account, my telly and, my money. Why should I have to keep keying in numbers? My compliance is accompanied by a bitter thirty second rant against the Nannie State. This is prior to seque-waying into a diatribe over how much I’m paying each month. This takes up another half minute….
The two seconds it takes to click the remote four times, tends to expose my tantrum for the pointless, time-consuming indulgence it is. Making matters worse, not only am I aware of the code’s raison d’etre but approve of it. The pass-code ensures that no subscriber’s off-spring will be opting for Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, or Breaking Bad. Over Dinosaur Train, Gravity Falls or Super Why!
GDPR is being depicted as a monstrous liberty inflicted on world commerce by those know-nothing bureaucrats, at the EU. I’m not buying it as any organisation in full compliance with the DPA (in Europe DPD) is unlikely to find the transition to GDPR traumatic. Nor, will those making a genuine to comply. Organisations who have ignored the march of time by continuing to run fast and loose with Personal Data however, may wish to buckle up and hold on tight, because General Data Protection Regulation is going to a bumpy ride.
For companies viewing GDPR as a nightmare, the only thing matching the complexity of its rules, is the draconian nature of its fines. It is precisely this type of organisation that has necessitated the evolvement of statutory requirements from what exists, into GDPR. The Data industry has seen an exponential growth over the last twenty years and the value of personal data has grown accordingly.
GDPR includes Privacy by Design through understanding legislation alone does cannot ensure privacy but that it (Privacy) must be a fundamental component in the design and maintenance of information systems, along with being the Modus Operandi for all organisations. The new legislation extends the Right to Erasure and To Be Forgotten by including information that’s currently existent on on the web.
Any Organisation adopting my passcode attitude to GDPR ensures that their task will be torturous and quite probably doomed to failure. It is extremely difficult anything as onerous as GDPR if one’s not able to ‘get on board’ with it. This legislation is of immeasurable benefit to the people of Europe (Including UK) and eventually, to those of the entire planet. positively impact every human being on the planet. The move is to embrace it. Because, like the pin-code, it’s positive progression and truth be told… You’ve got no choice.