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8 Essential Resources to Help You Understand GDPR

On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be fully enforceable in the European Union (EU). This new regulation succeeds the Data Protection Directive, a two-decade old directive that’s languished in recent years due to the growth of available online information.

Once it’s officially required, the GDPR will apply to every member state of the EU and address the protection and movement of personal data. What does the EU consider personal data? According to this press release from the European Commission, it’s defined as “any information relating to an individual whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address.”

Are you prepared for GDPR compliance? This regulation will change the way data is handled and threaten companies with strict consequences if they fail to cooperate, so it’s vitally important that European businesses—and even international businesses that handle the data of EU residents—are aware of what’s coming and address needs now to satisfy upcoming legal and customer requirements.

If you don’t have a clear grasp on what GDPR entails, don’t panic. This helpful list of resources will tell you everything you need to know.

 

1. A Primer on the GDPR: What You Need to Know [Article]

This quick seven-minute read from Proskauer, a privacy and cybersecurity practice group, covers basic information behind the what and why of the GDPR.

Why it’s helpful:

Not only does this article discuss why the Data Protection Directive needs to be replaced, it compares the two regulations and gives readers insight into the potential business implications that will follow the change, such as increased violation fines.

 

2. GDPR Compliance in 5 Minutes [Video]

Are you involved in marketing? Do you have marketers in your company? If you answer yes to either of these questions, check out this video from Gated Content for a summary of how the GDPR will affect marketing methods. Tips on making your web forms regulation compliant are also included at the end.

Why it’s helpful:

Marketers are especially poised to be affected by the GDPR, as they frequently handle personal data through the use of web forms and opt-in consent. This video deconstructs GDPR compliance for marketers into simple ideas and easy-to-understand graphics.

 

3. The EU General Data Protection Regulation Website

The EU General Data Protection Regulation website is a central space for GDPR education. Have a burning question about the GDPR? Check their FAQ, or follow their quick links to key regulation changes and a full regulation timeline.

Why it’s helpful:

Most resources on the internet cover the what, why, and when of the GDPR, but few tackle a FAQ quite as well as this website does. Learn about the difference between a regulation and a directive or read up on how the GDPR affects data breach policies. It’s all right here.

 

4. Preparing for EU GDPR [SlideShare]

If presentations are more your thing, this SlideShare from IT Governance in the UK is a great way to start learning about the GDPR. It’ll walk you through each article of the regulation, then leave you with nine steps you can take to meet GDPR compliance.

Why it’s helpful:

Each slide is packed with the knowledge you need to get a decent overview of the GDPR. We particularly love the explanations of what “natural person” (#7) and “personal data breach” (#9) mean. IT Governance also includes an hour-long video (#32) at the end, providing more context to the entire presentation if you need it.

 

5. EU GDPR: A Pocket Guide [Book]

Available in paperback and Kindle, this 56-page resource is promoted as “a clear, concise primer on the EU GDPR,” great for reading on your morning commute or over lunch hour.

Why it’s helpful:

If you need portable, pocket-sized information on the GDPR, we highly suggest this book. It covers the history of data protection, runs through a list of regulation terms and definitions, and describes what is expected of your organization during (and after) this important transition.

 

6. GDPR Simply Explained in 3 Minutes [Video]

Time is valuable. We know what it’s like to need information delivered quickly, without the additional fluff.

If you’re looking for something plain and concise, this video may be a beneficial resource in your arsenal. It explains the GDPR and its requirements in only 3 minutes, leaving you more time to focus on your business (and enjoy that morning cuppa).

Why it’s helpful:

If you’re a visual learner, this video’s strengths lie in its clean layout and helpful discussion on key regulation buzzwords. We also deeply appreciated its explanation of the GDPR requirements businesses must follow as soon as this regulation is enforced (May 2018).

 

7. 10 Ways to Prepare Your Organization for GDPR [Article]

Feel like you have a handle on the GDPR but aren’t sure what to do next? No problem. This article lists 10 ways you can prepare your company for GDPR compliance by May 2018.

Why it’s helpful:

Step-by-step instructions make it easy to plan ahead, and we love this resource because it does exactly that: give you the details you need to make informed decisions in your organization. Suggestions like “take a hard look at your current processes” and “educate your employees on updated consent requirements” help get you in the mindset of the new regulation—and bring you closer to full compliance.

 

GDPR Infographic8. What Does the GDPR Mean for Global Data Protection? [Infographic]

Infographics are great tools for education, and this one is no exception. In fact, all of all the resources we’ve shared, this is our favorite. It’s straight-forward and dressed with the information you need to move forward with GDPR compliance.

Why it’s helpful:

The chart is glued together with incredible statistics, a thorough timeline of the GDPR’s history, visual explanations of what this new regulation means for businesses that handle European data, and more. It’s easy to read and even easier to share, making it an authoritative resource to distribute across any organization.

 

 

 

Love resource lists? So do we! For information on another important area of business compliance, PCI DSS, check out our 7 essential resources on PCI DSS security.

Have a resource you’ve used that isn’t accounted for here? Share it with your fellow professionals by submitting it in a comment below.

 

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