What is GDPR and GDPR compliance?
General Data Protection Regulation is a new EU law that replaces the 1995 Directive. It is enforceable throughout the EU from 25 May 2018. In the UK, GDPR replaces the Data Protection Act and will come within the purview of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), which has the power to prosecute if companies do not take the necessary measures to protect sensitive personal data of customers against potential vulnerabilities.
The following are the four most
important aspects of the law:
- Individuals will have easier access to their own data. They have the right to know how their data is processed, and this information should be provided in a clear language that is easy to comprehend.
- They have the right to data portability. This will make it easier to transfer one’s personal data between service providers.
- They have the right to be forgotten. This means that an individual can decide when he no longer wants his data to be processed, and the company has to delete the data, so long as there are no legitimate grounds for retaining it.
- They have the right to know their data has been hacked. As per this provision, companies and organizations must notify the national supervisory authority of serious data breaches as soon as possible so that users can take appropriate measures.
What does GDPR mean for mobile?
Mobile apps come within the purview of GDPR regulation. Therefore, for app developers, the new legislation means that they need to make sure that the tools they use to build apps don’t violate the GDPR laws. Firstly, they should ensure that the app only accesses the required minimum of a user’s personal data, which is essential for app functionality. For example, an app may be accessing personal information, such as phone numbers, messaging data, location data and camera data, through the device on which it’s installed. As per GDPR, this access cannot be done without explicit consent. Failure to do so can get the business into big trouble with the authorities.
Achieving GDPR readiness
For example, to help you meet GDPR obligations, we offer features, including checkbox mechanisms for explicit consent, consent lifecycle management, centralized governance for access control, progressive permissions, easy data record access mechanisms, data correction/integrity mechanisms, data portability, data erasure/deletion, scoped access for users and integrations, data pseudonymization and age gating.
Why TechAhead for GDPR Compliant Mobile App Development
TechAhead can be your trusted partner for crafting and implementing a consumer data strategy that respects your customers’ wishes and supports GDPR regulatory compliance. Over the past 9 years, we’ve accumulated extensive experience in creating solutions that adhere to data security and privacy regulations. As a result, we are in a unique position to help your company with GDPR readiness.