As many companies in the printing industry doing business in the European Union (EU) already know, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) implementation is coming soon, and companies need to understand what this new set of regulations will mean for their business.
To that end, Samsung Printing has prepared a brief explanatory note for our readers to help improve general awareness.
Please keep reading to find out more about the upcoming GDPR.
What is GDPR?
The European Parliament enacted the GDPR in April of 2016 to replace the Data Protection Directive of 1995, and it will go into effect on May 25th, 2018.
At its core, the updated provisions apply to the processing of personal data of subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of whether the processing takes place in the EU. In other words, it does not matter whether the data controller (those that control the “purposes and means” of processing personal data) and processors (such as service providers) is established in the EU. Additionally, the GDPR also requires full protection of personal data that is exported outside of the EU, meaning the territorial reach of these new regulations is wide-reaching.
Will my Company be Affected?
Basically, yes. Due to the increased territorial scope of the GDPR, all companies who process or store sensitive personal information about EU citizens are required to comply with the regulations set forth in the GDPR, even if a company has no actual business presence within the EU.
Furthermore, additional sets of criteria apply for companies of different sizes and their presence or business dealings within the EU.
What Types of Information Does the GDPR Protect?
Under the framework of the GDPR, a wide-range of personal information must now be strictly protected, including:
- Medical and other genetic data
- Internet activity such as IP address, cookie data, location and RFID tags
- Basic personal information such as name, home address, ID numbers
- Biometric data
- Racial or ethnic data
- Political opinions
- Sexual orientation
Your Printers Must be Protected
A surprising lack of awareness surrounds the implementation of the GDPR. According to IDC’s survey, 51% of respondents who were aware of GDPR answered incorrectly that GDPR is not related to printers. A company’s printers can be vulnerable and must be protected, as the most sensitive pieces of information often enter a company’s printing ecosystem.
The outputting of personal data, which includes physical printing and copying, faxing and scanning, are all considered to be ‘processing’ of personal data, and are thus subject to the regulations of the GDPR. Importantly, both digital and analogue (paper) formats fall within the scope of the GDPR.
Samsung Security Solutions
Samsung MFPs feature a wealth of rich security features that can not only boost your company’s productivity but also help you remain compliant with the upcoming GDPR regulations
Stay tuned to Samsung Printing’s Blog for an in-depth interview with Harris Han, Vice President and Group Leader of the Software & Solution R&D Group at Samsung Printing, and his teammate, Kwangwoo Lee, a security architect at the Software R&D Lab, about how Samsung is preparing for this big change to information security across the EU.
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