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Tips To Ensure Gdprcompliant Data Security And Privacy Practices For Healthcare Industry
The European Union General Data Protection Regulation, known as GRPR, can be challenging for any organization. This is especially true for entities, particularly startups, engaged in health technology and related services that require the processing of health-related personal data covered by Article 9 GDPR - Special Categories of Personal Data. Compliance with GDPR must be resolved early and reviewed frequently to avoid the possibility of heavy fines.
Below are some practical tips to help you implement GDPR-compliant data security and privacy practices.
Understand the Principles of Data Processing
Transparency, lawfulness, justice, purpose limitation, data minimization, precision, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality, and transparency are the main data processing principles under GDPR.
Begin by ensuring that you understand what the main data processing concepts mean in practice. The European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and national data protection authorities in EU member states have excellent introductory materials and guidance that are a great place to start.
Hire a Data Protection Officer
All businesses should seriously consider hiring a dedicated data protection officer. Companies that process healthrelated data, on the other hand, are mandated by Article 37.1 GDPR to appoint a data protection officer, regardless of the profession (whether you are a data controller or a processor).
The data protection officer is Responsible for:
Monitoring compliance with data security regulations and identifying any flaws
Providing managers and workers who process personal data with knowledge and advice on their GDPR duties, as well as advice on conducting a data protection impact evaluation and tracking its implementation
Serving as a point of contact for data subjects on personal data processing acting as a point of contact for data protection authorities
Check your Data
It is your responsibility to check the personal data you are going to process. Therefore sift through the following points:
What types of personal data do you process, and is it essential to process all of the data?
What are the data sources?
What are your processing priorities, and how do you go about it?
Who will access, process, or use the data, how will they do so, and what is their role?
How long will the details be kept? What is the legal basis for data processing?
Maintain High-Quality Data Security
The more sensitive the personal data you process, the more stringent the standards for technological and organizational measures to ensure processing security. Ensure that the security measures you adopt are cutting-edge and adhere to the Data Protection by Design and Default principles.