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Metadata and GDPR

The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will be effective on 25 May 2018. That means all businesses with EU customers, citizen or employee data, must comply with the laws imposed by GDPR. New “opt-in” clause may become your nightmare in the coming year if you aren’t properly prepared. In light of this new legislation, many companies forget on a value and importance of their metadata. Usually they take all measurements to protect content of various files, build robust frameworks and set up comprehensive policies. But what about hidden metadata in their files? Do they really manage risk and become compliance with GDPR requirements? Once you identify all metada from various file formats, you are able to clean or edit them (anonymize). The biggest difficulties are with a large volume of data set and identifying their right XML structure for detecting inappropriate metadata. In sense of the GDPR, we have to protect all unwanted personal and sensitive personal data. For this reason we came with an unique solution how to manage your corporate metadadata in a cloud. The simple solution to handle metadata pursuant to the GDPR is to follow the principle of “minimalization.” Don’t get more data then you need. It applies also to files’ metadata. So are you sure you don’t receive names, surnames, addresses or even date of births via metadata in Word or Excel files? If not, please check them here.