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Understanding the Implications of GDPR for the Technical Professional

Published: 25 January 2018

ID: G00350321

Analyst(s): Mike Wonham , Joerg Fritsch


The importance of the GDPR to compliance and risk management can't be overstated. Misunderstandings about what's needed for compliance are common — GDPR is not a one-time, check-box exercise. Technical professionals can use this Initiative Analysis to understand how to support GDPR initiatives.

Table Of Contents


  • Background
  • Context
    • The GDPR and Security
    • Does It Apply to My Organization?
    • What Happens If We Are Not Compliant?
    • Is It About Security or Privacy?
  • Risk-Based Decisions
    • GDPR Risk and Personal Data Processing
    • Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) Quick Scan
    • Are There Any Technologies Not Impacted by GDPR?
    • Are Application Development Processes in Scope?
  • Implementation and Outcomes
    • Can I Buy a Solution?
    • Who Is Responsible for Compliance?
    • What About Outsourcing?
    • Subprocessors


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