Data privacy has been a hot topic in the tech world for years now. With every new technology come new regulations that require companies to completely re-examine the way they handle private data.

Most companies already have a basic data privacy policy they constructed alongside lawyers and tech experts to avoid facing serious fines and penalties. However, compliance isn’t just about focusing on current regulations and meeting the bare minimum requirement to avoid legal consequences.

In order to create a long-lasting privacy policy, you need to be more proactive. Instead of focusing on short-term goals, you should focus on implementing some core data protection principles and creating a culture of compliance within your company.

Here are some steps you can take to make sure you’ll remain compliant with any and all data regulations in the long run.

Prepare for Audits in Advanced

As new regulations arise, surprise visits from auditors become more frequent. These audits can have a major impact on your business, even if you’re completely compliant.

The auditing process is time-consuming, and it requires a lot of resources to pull together all the records that the auditor needs to access. This can cause a disruption to your day-to-day operations and cause long-term damage to your business.

That’s why it’s important to have an audit preparation policy. Having everything in order is not only helpful in case an auditor shows up. The process of preparing for an audit will also help you see the blind spots and avoid any oversights that can leave you vulnerable and lead to compliance violations.

Prepare For Data Subject Access Requests

Another thing you should prepare for is granting users increased access to their data. Right to access is one of the main principles of GDPR, and it refers to granting your customers (Read more...)