Strikersoft’s Commitment to GDPR
General Data Protection Regulation
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679) is an important piece of legislation that is designed to strengthen and unify data protection laws for all individuals within the European Union. The regulation was implemented on the 25th May 2018.
Strikersoft is GDPR compliant.
What is GDPR?
The General Data Protection Act (GDPR) is considered the most significant piece of European data protection legislation in the European Union (EU) in 20 years and replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive as well as PUL in Sweden. It also has impact on the Swedish Patient Data Law.
The GDPR regulates the processing of personal data about individuals in the European Union including its collection, storage, transfer or use. Importantly, under the GDPR, the concept of “personal data” is very broad and covers any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual (also called a “data subject”).
It gives data subjects more rights and control over their data by regulating how companies should handle and store the personal data they collect. The GDPR also raises the stakes for compliance by increasing enforcement and imposing greater fines should the provisions of the GDPR be breached.
The GDPR enhances EU individuals’ privacy rights and places significantly enhanced obligations on organizations handling data.
What do Strikersofts’ Customers need to do?
There are two things that you might need to do depending on your situation and jurisdiction. Below are the only impactful changes that we can foresee that might affect you as a result of using Strikersofts’ services or products:
- If you are in the European Union you’ll likely want to sign a Data Processor Agreement with Strikersoft. We’re happy to do so. Working with outside counsels we’ve updated this document to comply with GDPR, the Swedish Patientdatalagen (Patient data act) and other generally acceptable privacy laws.
- You can review a copy of the Annex Data Processing Agreement here. You can fill in your specifics for review by our account responsible. We will then countersign it and provide you with a downloadable copy via email as soon as possible. If you have any questions about its contents simply email GDPR@strikersoft.com.
GDPR and PDL
The regulation also contains general rules on when personal data processing may take place in healthcare. It can be mentioned in the context that it is investigated to what extent the rules in the Patient Data Legislation (PDL) need to be adapted to the GDPR's rules. PDL is applied as per the care provider's processing of personal data. Note, however, that PDL contains only specific rules and explanations deemed necessary.
Read more about the investigation at the Swedish governments’ website.
In summary, here are some of the key changes that took effect with GDPR:
- Expanded rights for individuals: The GDPR provides expanded rights for individuals in the European Union by granting them, amongst other things, the right to be forgotten and the right to request a copy of any personal data stored in their regard.
- Compliance obligations: The GDPR requires organizations to implement appropriate policies and security protocols, conduct privacy impact assessments, keep detailed records on data activities and enter into written agreements with vendors.
- Data breach notification and security: The GDPR requires organizations to report certain data breaches to data protection authorities, and under certain circumstances, to the affected data subjects. The GDPR also places additional security requirements on organizations.
- New requirements for profiling and monitoring: The GDPR places additional obligations on organizations engaged in profiling or monitoring behavior of EU individuals.
- Increased Enforcement: Under the GDPR, authorities can fine organizations up to the greater of €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual global revenue, based on the seriousness of the breach and damages incurred. Also, the GDPR provides a central point of enforcement for organizations with operations in multiple EU member states by requiring companies to work with a lead supervisory authority for cross-border data protection issues.
Outside of EU
If you are a company outside the EU, you should still be aware of this. The provisions of the GDPR apply to any organization that processes personal data of individuals in the European Union, including tracking their online activities, regardless of whether the organization has a physical presence in the EU.
If you have any questions you are welcome to contact us at GDPR@strikersoft.com.