Making SAP systems ready for Europe
The EU General Data Protection Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data went into effect last year. It will start being enforced on May 25, 2018. That leaves companies less than a year to prepare for and comply with the regulation.
Key factors for success
For companies, the big challenge is to ensure compliance with the GDPR’s various requirements. They will have to start early if they want to follow all the new rules by the stated deadline. First, they need to identify all internal processes that involve personal data. They are the starting points for developing GDPR compliance programs and the key success factors for compliance with the new provisions. Processes use a wide variety of data that is collected for, or generated during, data processing. This data should be reviewed carefully and assessed for opportunities to minimize or even eliminate it altogether. Another extremely important factor is data quality. The better the data quality and the more closely the data matches defined data profiles, the easier it will be to define reasonable ways to comply with the GDPR.
Time is running out
Start now with the preparatory activities needed to implement the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The more detailed the implementation of the core elements of the Regulation is, the fewer problems that will arise when it comes to actual implementation - and the lower the risk of high penalties for non-compliance.