startups GDPR

To help startups become GDPR compliant, SGS is launching GDPRonline, an online management service that allows any small or medium-sized European company to understand and implement the different GDPR requirements.

After four years of preparation and debate, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved by the European Parliament on April 14, 2016. From May 25, 2018, organizations in non-compliance with the regulation will face heavy fines.

The GDPR replaces Directive 95/46/EC and is designed to standardize data privacy laws in Europe, protecting and enhancing citizens’ privacy and reshaping how European organizations address data protection and cybersecurity.

The new SGS GDPRonline platform is available in Portuguese, English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and offers several services with the aim of evaluating the alignment of the organization with the current requirements of the GDPR.

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Pierre Westphal

“The implementation of the GDPR can represent a significant change for most small businesses that, compared to larger companies, will have greater difficulties in implementing the new GDPR,” said Pierre Westphal, SGS GDPR Program Director.

“Due to its complexity, the GDPR will require additional resources to implement the new regulation accordingly. With its ease of use, GDPRonline will be a simple way for SMEs to comply with the global recommendations of the new data protection regulation and thus act accordingly,” he added.

GDPROnline defines and plans improvement actions in four main areas:

  1. Organization
  2. Legal
  3. Rights Management
  4. Security

Its services include:

  • Listing and detailing all personal data processing activities managed internally or through third parties
  • Measuring and implementing corrective actions and reducing risk in accordance with the GDPR
  • Centralizing the management of requests from data owners and mandatory notifications of possible data breaches
  • Directing access to SGS GDPR specialists via chat and or email.

The platform also includes additional benefits such as:

  • An easy and secure access solution with best practices included
  • A flexible service with the support and training necessary to better understand the requirements of the GDPR
  • An easy process for companies that are not experts in data protection
  • Central storage for all data protection documents required to continuously demonstrate compliance

For all new subscribers, SGS offers a 30-day free platform trial. After this period, the prices are:

  • 20 euros / month for companies up to 20 employees
  • 30 euros / month for companies up to 50 employees
  • 50 euros / month for companies up to 250 employees

GDPRonline is primarily a compliance management system dedicated to small and medium enterprises (-250 employees) to align their processes and methods to meet the requirements of the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company. It is recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. With more than 95,000 employees, it operates a network of more than 2,400 offices and laboratories around the world, according to the SGS website.