Given the fact that the EU’s GDPR law (replacing the 1995 Data Protection Directive) will go into effect on May 25, almost every software vendor is jumping on the bandwagon to explain how they can help.

Let me be compliant, and follow the stream.

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When reading about the subject online, I noticed that most articles center around the specific business and legal obligations regarding personal data. These articles focus on physical data processing and the data controller obligations to manage processing. Of course!

This is not what I want to write about in this blog however. The GDPR is also expected to impact the software delivery life cycle and its related IT-development processes for organizations that plan to rollout IT projects within the EU.

There are many lifecycle flavors to deliver software today on the market, all waterfall, iterative, or agile based. All of them define the way to manage and control the IT project, from planning to rollout, across the different application layers or modules, and platforms. Common software layers that will be directly impacted by the new GDPR law include of course databases as well as their related architecture, but also data transport, data security, presentation, and application layers… basically potentially every software aspect could be affected!

The impact of GDPR on application delivery

This means if your company intends to continue to roll out systems in the EU, you will have to deal with the new functional and technical requirements introduced by the GDPR like the following (this is not an exhaustive list, only some important ones to make the point):

  • Ensure data protection in the system and the organization, by design and by default (Recital 78 and Article 25)
  • Use data encryption when possible (Recitals 83 and Articles 6-4(e), 32-1(a))
  • Use Data pseudonymization when possible (Recitals 26, 28, 29, 78 and Articles 6-4(e), 25-1, 32-1(a))
  • Anonymize data when possible (Recital 26)
  • Share processing attributes and steps to the data subject in an easy to understand form at the time of data collection, electronically or in writing (Recitals 39, 58 and Articles 12-1, 13-2(a-f))
  • Make data portable to another provider (maybe competitor) (Recital 68 and Articles 13-2(b), 14-2(c), 20)
  • Ensure data is secured, and integrity and confidentiality are maintained, using technical and organizational means under the management of the controller (Recital 49 and Articles 5-1(f), 32-1(b-d))

While a number of these new requirements might be seen as “no-brainer” as they were already part of your software design, others will trigger new requirements that need to be implemented fast and with quality before the law is enforced.

Failing seems to be not really an option. Not complying with the GDPR requirements could result in very serious penalties! As I could read, the worst-case scenario could a fine of €20 million or 4 percent of the company’s previous year’s total global revenue, whichever is greater. Ouch!

The clock is ticking, how do you track progress and ensure compliance?

With only a few more months left, how are you progressing with the delivery of these new requirements? Can you truly track requirement progress throughout your software delivery chain? How confident are you all policies are correctly implemented?

When speaking to bigger clients, this is often their biggest challenge: They have deployed multiple tools to support software delivery. Coding is fragmented, and the delivery toolchain is often poorly integrated, leading to extensive manual activities within the delivery process and a lack to end-to-end visibility and traceability.

At Clarive we believe in SIMPLICITY. Your software delivery toolchain should be as simple as possible, requiring the minimal set of tools to get the work done fast, with quality, and in a transparent way. For smaller organizations and startups, this can be a single tool: Clarive! Bigger organizations often do need multiple tools to support multiple platforms, but they miss overall orchestration and automation. Not those that use Clarive!

As a simple, lean application delivery platform, Clarive will deliver you the traceability you need to track progress on your GDPR (and other) requirements with ease.

Clarive not only helps with end-to-end tracking, its powerful role-based, ruling and workflow automation system also offers capabilities that will help you to ensure everyone on the team remains in compliance with the company’s legal and other requirements, like those for GDPR. For example:

  • Workflow rules: Workflow rules allows you to accept/reject code or actions that do not comply with company policies. For example, our support for code reviews ranges from static code analysis-based decision tree rules to multi-level acceptance approvals within the delivery process.
  • Role based security: Permissions can be set very granularly according to the role members have in respect to the project.
  • Cross platform & process Automation: The best way to ensure compliance it to AVOID manual interventions. Clarive allows you to automate every delivery execution step (apart from the coding itself of course) and process workflow. We support this across teams and platforms, making manual activities (other than just approvals) redundant.

Sounds great? Why don’t you take a look at Clarive now? As our customers witness, you can get started quickly. Just download Clarive for free here and try it out yourself.

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