Episode 7 - Privacy

The seventh episode of Digital Tomorrow focuses on privacy matters for SMEs. What are the privacy requirements for small and medium-sized enterprises? What does the GDPR mean? Businesses handle a large amount of data, from supplier data to customer data across multiple tools, such as customer service and advertising campaigns; thus, it is important for each business to define the data lifecycle within the company and identify how it will be managed and the right measures for its security and storage.

Pepe Moder talks about this with Mrs. Valentina Amenta, Head of the Legal and Contractual Unit of the Registro .it and Privacy Contact of the Institute of Informatics and Telematics of CNR, active participant of the working group of the Data Protection Officer of the Institute, and with Massimo Melica, Managing Partner of the law firm Melica Scandelin and Partners.

The discussion begins with the GDPR and the 'accountability principle'. Coming into force in 2018, the GDPR has been perceived as a Copernican revolution for privacy regulation. The wish to hold data controllers accountable for all data that comes into the company is referred to as the 'accountability principle' and is what permeates the entire data protection regulation.

This drive towards accountability entails privacy obligations, which are the proactive behaviours required to companies. Specifically, during the episode, the concepts of "Privacy by design" and "Privacy by default", i.e., the principles that allow and require companies to organise their data processing activities in advance will be analised.

Data protection and privacy shall also be embedded in a productive review of the company's organisational models. This internal review must be based on two fundamental questions: am I using the data properly? Has the company's internal workflow been adapted? Each SME will have to answer these two questions by minimising procedures and increasing the efficiency and economy of processes in order to guarantee the right data protection.

Listen to the episode to find out more!