Look on the GDPR as an opportunity!



The thoughts of Olivier Cazzulo, CEO of Netsystem.

From the simple declaration of responsibility, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has introduced a paradigm shift. In just a few months, organisations have had to ask themselves this question: “Does the management of personal data within our IT systems comply with the new regulation? ” Yet we should not view this development as a constraint, but rather as an opportunity, namely one of understanding your data, of knowing who is doing the processing and why. And, ultimately, of adding value! As a direct consequence of the regulation, a new function has emerged, namely the Data Protection Officer (DPO). The DPO is the guarantor of compliant data processing vis-à-vis the authorities. Faced with the depth and complexity of their responsibilities, the organisation’s designated DPO may well find themselves in a delicate situation and require assistance. Other organisations will decide to outsource the role. DPO support or the outsourcing of the function: it is a new market opening up and developing before our eyes.