Understanding How GDPR Affects Mobile Phone Data

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In today’s hyper-connected world, data and information travel faster than ever before. Accessing a wide range of personal and business data is also easier than it was a few years ago. This has prompted institutions and government regulators to pass data privacy and security laws, such as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), to control how data is collected and used by many businesses and organizations.

What is the General Data Protection Regulation?

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is the EU regulation that governs data privacy and protection in the European Union and the European Economic Area (EEA). The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted in 2016 and became enforceable in 2018. It is one of the broadest and most stringent data protection and security laws worldwide.

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In short, this regulation aims to give all individuals in the European Union and the European Economic Area better control over their data. In other words, the GDPR applies to any entity (regardless of location) that processes personal data of the individuals/citizens involved. This regulation also affects social media marketing as it requires companies and other data controllers to implement specific data protection requirements.

Under the General Data Protection Regulation:

  • Users have the right to request access to their data at any time. They can also request that their data be erased.
  • Users should be informed of their rights in simple and easy to understand language.
  • User data must be encrypted or tokenized to protect sensitive information in the event of a data breach. Privacy settings should also meet the highest standards by default.
  • Every data controller or business must designate a data protection officer to ensure compliance with data privacy and data protection rules.

Impact of the GDPR on mobile devices

There are an estimated 6.6 billion smartphone users worldwide. This translates to about 83% of the world’s population owning a smartphone that connects to the internet and can communicate and share data with others. When the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into effect, companies in the European Union had to adapt their IT practices, including those related to mobile devices.

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Some of the GDPR requirements for mobile devices include:

  • data audit Organizations must keep track of the circumstances under which personally identifiable information or personally identifiable information is obtained/collected, stored and used. Organizations that collect data, i.e. structured and unstructured data, must obtain the consent of the users. Regular audits are necessary to ensure compliance with these requirements.
  • Device classification and control GDPR requires dynamic control of enterprise operation and mobile visibility. Mobile devices used to access the business network must comply with security policies regardless of ownership.
  • phone security The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) recommends a multi-layered approach to mobile security that gives data privacy and security to the device, operating system, users, and applications. This protects against threats while ensuring the right people have access to the right data.
  • Separation of work and personal data Mobile devices connected to the organization’s network contain both business and personal data. Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), online identifiers such as IP addresses, personal email accounts, and private social media data from your mobile phone are considered personally identifiable information and should not be accessed by an enterprise mobile device controller.

How to Maintain Compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Maintaining GDPR compliance is an ongoing process that must be implemented in an overall business strategy. Here’s how to manage your mobile devices to ensure compliance:

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  • Track and locate your mobile devices.
  • Data encryption to enhance confidentiality and privacy.
  • Lock mobile devices, including those in remote locations.
  • Remotely delete data from lost or stolen devices to reduce exposure.

Besides the above tips, always perform regular GDPR audits to avoid fines, lawsuits and penalties. When choosing a business partner such as a cloud service provider or other third-party service companies, make sure they are GDPR compliant. This reduces third party risks that may cost your business.

bottom line

Managing mobile devices in the age of the internet and amid strict global regulations may seem impossible, but it doesn’t have to be. The onus is on all companies that handle user data to comply with important GDPR provisions and ensure compliance at all times.

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