#GDPR is coming Security is a feature #1

Security is feature. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be looking how some of the issues on how GDPR will be impacting us as technical professionals.

There are a lot of things that I find technically interesting in GDPR such as “Right to be forgotten.” How do we track all instances of a person we have in our systems? When we delete a person from our system, what about the artifacts in backups, and archive logs? We can’t go back and remove a person from our backups.

If a person made a transaction, and that person wants to be forgotten. We should address replacing the person to be forgotten with a generic person. Do you keep sex, age, postal code tied to the transaction details? The generic person attributes need to be addressed by your organization.

If a person downloads personal information to their workstation; we need to track that and ensure the data is scrubbed from the workstation. Therefore audit needs to configured so we know who has accessed the person’s data.

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