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Data Protection at a high international level

October 18th, 2018

Adopted on April 14, 2016, and scheduled to enter into force on May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an overarching data protection directive that defends European Union (EU) citizens in the event of a data privacy breach. For example, if a company's data are hacked and an EU citizen's information is disclosed, an investigation will be launched to see what security plans are in place for areas such as printer access, network access, identity access, and other business processes.

The regulation affects all companies, not just EU-based ones, by making the investigation dependent on the citizens affected, rather than on the location of the breach. Thus, internationally active companies, or companies that do business with EU citizens, such as airports, hospitality businesses and even manufacturing facilities that supply to EU customers, are likewise affected even if headquartered outside the EU. 

Under this new Regulation superseding the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, fines up to two percent of a company's global annual revenue can be imposed. Thus, it comes as no surprise that companies worldwide are reviewing their security protocols to make sure their policies are up-to-par. 

In reviewing security plans, companies should consider the following:

Data Protection: What steps has the company taken to ensure only authorized personnel have access to confidential records? Implementing single sign-on solutions for computers and other workstations ensures that proper record management is in place. 

Network Access: Closely related to the idea of data protection is the question of how the company's network is secured, specifically in case of prevalence of remote work and private terminal devices (BYOD: Bring Your Own Device). Does the data protection policy control device access, even when off the company's floor?

Printer Security: Beyond the fact that printers are connected to a network, data security extends to the physical space as well when it comes to printing. How has the company secured its printed records, be it through pull printing, or secure printing solutions with on-the-spot authentication?

As a leading company in the field of employee badge and card readers in the healthcare, manufacturing, authorities and service domains, RF IDeas and its partners provide authentication solutions that support these and other security protocols that can help protect confidential data and ensure authorized access.

BlueStar is ready to front the new regulations and challenges by offering attractive applications and hardware solutions in cooperation with powerful and industry-leading partners such as RF IDeas. 

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