GDPR – These four letters should be tripping off everybody’s tongue by now. However, implementing the new EU General Data Protection Regulation is proving to be a challenge for many companies even after it came into effect in May 2018, and the threat of repercussions is growing. There’s one man who knows the regulations inside out: Dr Stefan Brink, State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information in Baden-Württemberg, or in other words, the head of the watchdog who checks companies’ GDPR compliance.
“Companies which haven’t yet set the wheels in motion despite the possibility of a wave of lawsuits, have a problem”, says Dr Stefan Brink getting straight to the point. GDPR isn’t something to be left until the last minute. But it’s not too late. Companies and organisations that missed the May deadline can still get help and support, including directly from the supervisory authorities. “We continue to offer advice in individual cases, examining business models and individual data protection matters”, explains Dr Stefan Brink. For example, sample privacy policies and documents serve as aids for a better understanding of the legal texts. “Anyone taking steps in the right direction has nothing to fear as authorities have some wiggle room before sanctions are imposed.”
Anyone taking steps in the right direction has nothing to fear as authorities have some wiggle room before sanctions are imposed.
In the interview, Dr Stefan Brink reveals how the watchdog carries out their audits, how compliant companies are, and why the efforts will be worthwhile.
On the website of the State Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information Baden-Württemberg, you will find online services,through which a data protection complaint or a violation of the protection of personal data can be submitted, in addition to a variety of information for companies and consumers alike.
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