Is Apple bringing GDPR to the US?

This week, Apple CEO, Tim Cook condemned the ‘weaponization’ of private data and called for the U.S. to adopt privacy laws similar to the EU’s GDPR.

For anyone who happened to miss every single news outlet between June 2017- May 2018, GDPR is a set of new data rules that became mandatory for any organization doing business in Europe in May 2018, earlier this year.

However, a huge swathe of businesses, including around 75% in the United States, do not know whether they are GDPR compliant or not, with many reporting difficulties in ensuring data security and gaining customer consent.

So?

If you are not GDPR compliant then your organization could face fines of €20 million (or more!). Equally, if the U.S. does choose to follow suit then the way that organizations store customer data will change dramatically. Storage will need to become more secure, face more scrutiny and have to comply with more regulations.

What does this mean for organizations? Data protection is a trend that isn’t going away, so if you’re in one of those that still aren’t compliant, then here’s a couple of tips to get you up to speed…

Data Security

Data security at the edge and for SME datacenters can be as simple as encrypting at the storage level. By not using the cloud, you’re minimizing  the possibility of being hacked. But, you should be concerned that someone could physically steal your servers and if so, could they get data from them?

If they can, then maybe you should consider data encryption as a way of protecting your organization from a breach.

Customer consent

This is more of a concern for your marketing team, but there are two main problems that organizations are facing: getting people to opt in, and being unsure about the new rules on cold calling. If your teams are worried about either of these, then here are some helpful blogs on opt-in procedure and post GDPR cold calling.

If you’re interested in finding out more about secure storage at the edge then check out SvSAN with Data Encryption.