27 January 2016

Countdown begins for introduction of GDPR: Kroll Ontrack highlights requirement for secure data erasure with new business guide

  • European Parliament secures informal agreement to replace EU Data Protection Directive 1995 with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
  • GDPR will become law by 2018 and all 28 member states will need to comply
  • Organisations will need to demonstrate ability to erase data securely from all IT systems
  • Kroll Ontrack launches new guide to steer organisations through secure deletion of digital data

Epsom, 28 January 2016: Kroll Ontrack, the data recovery and ediscovery services provider, has responded to informal agreement by the European Parliament to introduce General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) this year and enforce it in 2018. GDPR will replace the EU Data Protection Directive 1995 and will unify data protection legislation across all 28 member states.

The GDPR aims to unify data protection laws to meet the challenges of the digital age and in particular, strengthen the protection of personal data online. When enacted into law, it will require all businesses handling EU residents’ data to delete personal information on request or when it is no longer required by the organisation and encourage the use of auditable deletion procedures for companies processing personal data.

Phil Bridge, Managing Director for Western Europe at Kroll Ontrack said: “The benefits of GDPR have been widely debated for many years and its adoption in 2018 is now firmly on its way.  Organisations need to understand the implications of the new regulation for their data erasure policies, not least the requirement to report data breaches to stakeholders quickly, or risk fines up to 4% of annual turnover.  The ‘right to be forgotten’ or ‘right to erasure’ will be another important element of the regulation that companies should be planning for today.

“As a business and/or data handler, it is important to assess methods for handling and processing the personal data of employees, clients, prospects and business partners.  There are multitudes of cases where the manner in which businesses handle, store and dispose of their data has been put in the spotlight and GDPR provides another reason to revisit data management policies, including data erasure.”

Secure data deletion is not just an ‘end-of-lifecycle’ task but a continuous process that requires managing IT assets – and data – at every interval throughout their lifecycles. Businesses must secure sensitive data and equipment during various lifecycle transitions to meet legal and regulatory requirements. Kroll Ontrack has developed an in-depth guide to the secure deletion of digital data which provides a useful overview of the main operational and regulatory aspects concerning the secure deletion of data.

Kroll Ontrack provides secure data deletion software, hardware and verification services to ensure that end-of-life data is erased securely and cost-effectively. Its offer is the most complete end-to-end solution for erasing all IT assets, including PCs and laptops, servers and storage environments, LUNs, Virtual Drives, Virtual Machines, smartphones and tablets, flash media devices and even individual files and folders. The solution is built on Kroll Ontrack’s expertise in data recovery and erasing hardware and services, combined with the market leading eraser software solutions from Blancco.

About Kroll Ontrack

Kroll Ontrack provides technology-driven services and software to help legal, corporate and government entities as well as consumers manage, recover, search, analyse, and produce data efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition to its award-winning suite of software, Kroll Ontrack provides data recovery, data destruction, electronic discovery and document review services. For more information about Kroll Ontrack and its offerings please visit: Krollontrack.co.uk follow @KrollOntrackUK on Twitter or subscribe to the Kroll Ontrack Data Blog.

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