Demonstrate Digital Responsibility
In the era of big data, we are all aware of the advantages of personalized online ads, connected objects, and smart buildings—conveniences that require the sharing and storing of personal information. But we are also acutely aware of the potential for abuse of our data: privacy is not just an issue of security but also of trust. To inspire trust in your data management, it is essential not only to implement appropriate management procedures but also to achieve certification.
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (in force as of May 25, 2018) tightens controls on companies dealing with EU citizens’ personal data wherever they are located and imposes hefty fines for non-compliance. In response to this, Bureau Veritas has developed a technical standard and a voluntary certification program for businesses based on best practice and the content of the regulation.
What corporate digital responsibility and data protection certification means for you
Whether you are a “data controller” or “data processor”, implementing strong data management procedures is ethically sound and will benefit your brand. It limits the risk of potentially costly security breaches, safeguards the privacy of the customers that generate your revenues, and protects valuable data assets that are crucial to your business. As you increase the range of activities and operations that are digitized you need to demonstrate to your clients, staff and other stakeholders that you respect their right to privacy and take data security seriously.
Certification of your data protection procedures is a tool that enables your organization to achieve and proactively demonstrate compliance with regulations and, in the case of the EU’s GDPR, can protect you from potential fines of up to 20 million euros2. Moreover, should breaches occur, certification demonstrates due diligence and can help to mitigate potential penalties.
What Bureau Veritas certification offers
Bureau Veritas developed and owns the Data Protection Technical Standard for personal data certification and is the first certification body to engage in data protection issues. There is a white paper, “Are You GDPR Ready?” explaining data protection issues, GDPR requirements and the Data Protection Technical Standard process approach in more detail.
We are a world leader in testing, inspection, and certification recognized by more than 40 national and international accreditation bodies across the world. We are currently working with major players across the data value chain to help them plan ahead for privacy-friendly solutions and refine their handling of personal data. Certification only carries weight when awarded by a legitimate, trusted and impartial third-party body like Bureau Veritas.
We can support you to:
- Demonstrate corporate digital responsibility and achieve certification
- Ensure compliance with increasingly stringent regulations
- Prove to stakeholders that you respect their right to privacy, promoting trust
1 General Data Protection Regulation EU 2016/679
2 Or 4% of annual global turnover, whichever is greater.