The topic of data protection is omnipresent: in the business sector as well as in the private sphere. In 2018, all companies will be faced with far-reaching changes in terms of data protection: From 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union (EU) will also apply in Germany - a rule that applies throughout the EU. Under the new EU law, the previous Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) and the EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46 / EC), on which the BDSG is based, are no longer directly applicable.
The EU-GDPR standardizes the rules for the processing of personal data by private companies and public authorities across the EU. The aim is, on the one hand, to ensure the protection of personal data within the European Union and, on the other hand, to ensure the free movement of data within the European single market.
Steffen Schaar, Member of the Management Board of The Quality Group GmbH, comments on the media excitement surrounding the upcoming GDPR and presents ideas for successfully meeting the challenges.
He writes: "To put it succinctly, “The benchmark is not the medium, but the employees are. Their actions, in the sense of transparent documentation, filing and compliance with organisational processes, allow the EU-GDPR to be properly anchored in companies”. That way, it is not a threat, but rather a benefit in the sense of data (protection), the careful handling of sensitive personal data, and also in relation to the deletion of data."