Great yet another blog talking about the need to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Wouldn’t it be nice if just once someone really helped me deal with GDPR instead of reminding me of all the work I must do? Well folks I’m here to do just that.
Determining vendor compliance with GDPR requires a fairly rigorous process. It starts with determining what data you provide or share with your vendors, whether it is data that is covered by GDPR and if so what requirements are associated with that type of data. Vendor contracts must be modified to include new language to define the vendors role. Since most vendors will fall under the definition of a Data Processor their responsibilities will be defined by Article 28 of GDPR (however, it is possible to be both a Data Processor and a Data Controller). I could continue with a litany of issues you’ll be faced, but that would just add to your problems not help you solve them.