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Aligning Your Data Protection Strategy with GDPR

I’m the opposite of a PR person. As a Data Protection Officer, my job is to keep people out of the press. And as Data Protection laws continue to tighten with the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that job is getting a lot harder. One of the biggest brainteasers that companies are battling with inside their GDPR project is what to do with backups. GDPR requires a full understanding of the data you hold whilst balancing the need to keep data secure and, at the same time, respecting the right to erasure and proactive deletion. The first challenge here is actually knowing what data you have. You can’t protect it if you don’t have a clue where it is. Traditionally, backups have been a real pain for this since once the data is locked away inside a tape, it becomes incredibly difficult in the future to know what was in there. This is still the case in many non-physical backup systems in which you have a whole system snapshot but no way to interrogate what lies within. The simple answer to this conundrum is just stop. Stop making the problem harder for yourself, stop locking data away…