If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 2 years, then maybe you’ve never heard of GDPR. The General Data Protection Regulation give back control to citizens & residents over personal data, thus simplifying the regulatory environment within the EU. This will drastically change the way businesses within the EU conduct business and affect how much control they have over using private or sensitive user data. It will affect all data collected online and mobile from individuals, which could potentially identify them if systems are breached.

 

Like a majority of people, the full documentation consisting of 88 pages and 99 articles can be quite intimidating, so we thought to share an infographic outlining what it means for your mobile app users.

 

 

3 Main Areas to Consider

 

Explicit Consent

Businesses are required to ask for user consent up front and give reasons for what data you are collecting and why you’re collecting it. It is important to give users as much information as possible on how it will be processed, protected, moved and how long it will be stored for.

 

Updates to privacy policy and terms of services must clear explain in plain language all of the above to comply with GDPR regulations.

 

Private by Design

This refers to a new business approach to promoting privacy and data protection from the start. Steps must be taken to educate the business and policies when developing new apps, and working on initial stages of every project, and throughout it’s entire lifecycle. You need to ensure privacy and data protection as a key consideration. This may require additional IT systems to store and access data, develop legislations and conduct risk analysis.

 

Right to be Forgotten

GDPR regulations state that users must have the right to “have his or her personal data erased and no longer processed where the personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which they are collected or otherwise processed.”

 

With this regulation it will be important to make sure your systems are available to recover the data with high integrity so that if someone asks for a copy of their private data, you’re able to provide it when they ask for it.

 

Feel free to review and share our GDPR Infographic, which touches upon what it means to your mobile app users.

 

If you have more questions or concerns about GDPR for mobile apps, feel free to contact theteam@openback.com. Our mobile experts are happy to share insights and share how notifications can be fully compliant without too many limitations. Best of luck to all!