Anonymise User Data General Data Protection Regulation GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation is the European Union’s new legislation to protect the personal data of EU citizens. GDPR has been born of a need to regulate data protection, amongst other data concerns, throughout the European member states by updating the 1995 Data Protection Directive (DPD); law created for the internet era but long before the digital age. It is to become effective from 25th May 2018.

We are always working on ways to help clients protect personal data and now have facilities available to anonymise data held in Soutron databases. Records of individual usage and access are still retained but there is no means of identifying the individuals who performed searches, carried out loans etc.

It is important that the integrity of the transactions is retained in the database because these may be useful to compare year on year.

A little automation goes a long way

We recently provided a solution for the Welsh Government that anonymises users that haven’t accessed their loans service from the database for over 12 months. Automatically helping them keep one step ahead of this future legislation as well as more immediate Welsh legislation. The key here was to still retain transactional information so that reports can still provide accurate data regardless of timescale.

For any other organisation that might wish to anonymise users then we can assist with this by working out together the time period and criteria for determining which users should be anonymise, as well as taking into account any exceptions.

We are always conscious that a change in legislation might impact the use of the Soutron application and so if anyone has particular needs we are always interested to hear from you, contact us today.

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