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Although the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into effect more than two years ago, many companies are still unclear about what they need to do to fully comply with it.
For this reason, the EC-funded H2020 project cyberwatching.eu has launched the GDPR Temperature Tool to increase the awareness of European SMEs about fines and sanctions due to GDPR regulations.
The simple online tool asks a series of questions related to data processing activities which can be completed in less than 30 minutes. Based on your answers the tool provides a “temperature” which measures the company’s awareness on all related GDPR regulations. The higher the temperature, the more at risk your company is.
At the end of the survey, you can download a recommendations report based on your answers which provides your business with some practical suggestions to follow.
The tool, which is totally free of charge, mainly targets European SMEs working in digital environments. It is these companies that are playing a fundamental and innovative role in extending the GDPR rules to all kinds of businesses and further spread the knowledge to the entire economic system. By providing this free and informative resource, cyberwatching.eu is helping businesses to be more proactive, rather than reactive with compliance often only
assessed after a GDPR violation has already occurred, and the fine has already been issued.
There are a lot of benefits that can be taken away using the Temperature Tool. The most important is the fact that the tool can be used as an important preliminary step for SMEs to facilitate their understanding of how they should behave to be GDPR compliant and avoiding the concrete risk of sanctions.
Furthermore, the tool can improve efficiency. If an SMEs or even businesses at large are fully respectful of data processing, they can not only avoid additional costs that could derive from possible fines but also, unnecessary administrative costs that might come with wrong dealing with GDPR regulations.
Lastly, it’s always a positive thing that companies keep themselves on top of the data processing concerns, as they present themselves to be respectful of the ethics of end-users and partners.