Be consistent with the GDPRStart encryption!!
Data encryption is one of the requirements of the GDPR. The SSL certificate is the easiest and the cheapest way to encrypt data sent electronically.
What is an SSL certificate?
An SSL certificate is a tool that proves the credibility of a domain or domain and its owner. Confirms the security of encryption of data sent between the user and the server. It is a guarantee of confidentiality of data and all communication. This guarantee is granted by an independent entity or issuer.
Data encryption uses a certificate with a specific key length. The longer the certificate key is, the harder it is to decrypt the transmitted data. 128 or 256 bit certificates are currently available.
How to check if the site has an ssl certificate?
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Is encryption necessary for compliance with the GDPR?
RODO, or the Regulation on the Protection of Personal Data, is a comprehensive Act that aims to better protect private data of European Union citizens in information systems. The RODO, already announced in 2016 and covering 99 articles, will enter into force on May 25, 2018. Importantly, the Act applies to any company operating in the Union, even if it is outside the EU. The Act does not make the use of SSL certificates explicit, but it sets out clear requirements that can only be met using SSL certificates. Article 32 – Security of processing says:
1. Taking into account the state of technical knowledge, the cost of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of processing and the risk of violating the rights or freedoms of individuals with different probability of occurrence and threat weight, the administrator and the processor implement the appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure the security level corresponding to this risk, including, but not limited to:
a) pseudonymisation and encryption of personal data;
(b) the ability to continually ensure the confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of processing systems and services; […]
In other words, the RODO states that information must be protected by „appropriate technical and organizational measures”, including the encryption of personal data and by having the ability to ensure the continuous confidentiality of systems and services.
So if all your websites are running under https and using certificates for authentication and encryption of communication between internal systems, you can be calm because you meet the requirements of the RODO in this matter. And if not, start protecting your clients’ data, and save yourself from unprecedented penalties of up to 20 million Euro.