Friday, April 27, 2018

The hale and the turtle

This tale starts with a turtle betting, tired of the mocks of the hare, that she could be as fast as her. When the race starts, the turtle moves slowly to the finish line. The hare, knowing she was faster, laughs at her and waits sleeping in a tree. The turtle gets to the finish line and the hare doesn’t notice it. The hare runs but it’s too late and the turtle wins the race.  

The GDPR moves firmly to get to their next implementation. Despite what people could believe, a lot of companies are working on it. But some other companies are not. Will the tale of the hare and the turtle be repeated? 

We have less than a month until the GDPR implementation and more than the half of the companies are still not ready for it. And Spain is leading the ranking of less prepared countries. On May the 25th it will be the day it will take effects one of the most important regulation on data and privacy protection. This made that a lot of companies couldn`t catch up. Even if they’re ready, most of them haven’t looked closely to their partners and third parties to see if they have adapted to it. Few companies are really aware of the importance of the risks that not fulfill it might be taken. 

One of the few companies that are working really hard on implementing the GDPR is Twitter. Last Saturday the social network revealed its new privacy policy. Companies all around the world are working really hard on improving their privacy policy to fulfill it on time. This regulation gives people new access rights and deletes the information that Twitter had about them.  Twitter used to file information in our devices from the websites that included twitter contents even if you weren’t logged in. It also used to file information about your family, friends and any other relations you had with people saved on your phone. This is going to change thanks to the GDPR.  

More than an obligation for companies, GDPR is a question of transparency. It’s too easy to stay in first terms revising possible penalties or establishing security protocols efficient enough to guarantee the fulfillment. The real goal of the GDPR is real transparency. Most of the IT departments know they have to increase security but that doesn’t mean complete digital transparency. If client’s data can be defended in any other way that could mean that you can’t fulfill the GDPR “right to be forgotten”. 

The race started a while ago. The GDPR is slowly moving forward and most of the companies are sleeping on it, by trusting their speed but, will the turtle win the race as it happens on the tale? 


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