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GDPR and the human factor

By Tuomas Koski on Apr 19, 2018 1:24:45 PM

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By compiling online data, it’s possible to find out what TV shows you watch, where you went on vacation, how many days you called in sick, or on how many days you were in a good mood, to name just a few examples.

Nothing needs to change if you think that collecting and combining all this information is fine. However, something needs to change if you want to prohibit the collection and combination of such data. This is why the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be implemented in May 2018. 

The GDPR does not impose any obligations on regular users of digital services, but it strengthens the protection of their information. It’s based on the good idea that everyone should have a say in the extent, processing, use and deletion of personal data collected online.

These rights also concern Howspace users. The Howspace digital platform encourages participation, and with participation comes the need for privacy, as the users provide personal information and input.

Nothing is hidden behind code

I have been following the preparation of the GDPR since 2015, studying the regulation and discussing it with colleagues.

Over the past twelve months or so, Humap Software has worked to ensure that all of the properties of Howspace comply with the new regulation. We have documented and shaped the processes to improve them. This has been done to ensure that users will have all the required rights. The system is transparent, and it’s updated automatically at all times. 

For individual users, automatic deletion of data is as important as information security. When a Howspace customer relationship ends, the user’s data will be deleted automatically. In addition, it’s easy for each user to see what information about them has been stored on the platform. All online services should enable the users not only to review their personal information, but also to understand how their information will be used.

A learning opportunity

With the GDPR, we all need to learn something new. It’s important for us to understand what personal data means and how it must be processed and used.

I see the GDPR as ethical guidelines and protection for internet users. I also believe that, in practice, it will become a worldwide standard. After its implementation, the GDPR will protect Europeans, no matter where in the world their data is stored.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) becomes enforceable starting 25 May 2018. We have collected an FAQ with background information and examples to help you better understand the GDPR in the context of handling personal data in Howspace.

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