On May 25, 2018, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect, imposing strict guidelines for global businesses around the storage and management of personal data. The GDPR website states that the comprehensive mandate is the \u201cmost important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years.\u201d It will have a major impact on any organization that has a presence in the European Union or that offers goods or services there.\r\n\r\nUltimately, the GDPR will benefit businesses because it will set a consistent standard across all countries in the EU for how citizens\u2019 personal information is accessed, used and managed. It is also a single set of rules regarding the digital rights of EU citizens\u2014which is particularly valuable in today\u2019s data-driven environment.\r\nGDPR: A Quick Overview\r\nImportant GDPR terminology includes:\r\n\r\n \tData controller \u2013 an organization that collects data from EU residents (e.g. a Wasabi customer)\r\n \tData processor \u2013 an organization that processes data on behalf of a data controller (e.g. a cloud provider such as Wasabi)\r\n \tData subject \u2013 a person living in the European Union\r\n \tPersonal data \u2013 any personally identifiable information relating to a data subject (e.g. name, identification number, location data, online identity)\r\n\r\nGDPR imposes strict data privacy and security rules for both data controllers and data processors. The mandate requires appropriate safeguards to protect the privacy of personal data and defines consent rules for disclosing personal data. GDPR also grants individuals the right to examine, amend, correct and delete personal records.\r\n\r\nKey provisions in the regulation require the \u201cpseudonymization\u201d and encryption of personal data, give individuals tight control over their personal data, and grant them the right to transfer personal data from one electronic processing system to another. Provisions also require data controllers to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to safeguard personal data and to notify authorities and affected individuals of personal data leakage.\r\nHow Wasabi Can Help You Comply with GDPR\r\nData security is a top priority for us. Businesses use Wasabi hot storage for a variety of needs, including:\r\n\r\n \tLow-cost primary storage for on-premises or cloud-based workloads\r\n \tEconomical secondary storage for backup, disaster recovery in the cloud, or data migration initiatives\r\n \tAffordable and reliable archival storage for long-term data retention\r\n\r\nRegardless of how organizations are deploying Wasabi, they can rest assured that their data will remain protected according to GDPR guidelines. Like other businesses, we\u2019ve been aware of GDPR since it was adopted in 2016 and have been preparing for its official enforcement since then. If your business will be subject to GDPR guidelines and you use Wasabi to store your data, you\u2019re already set.\r\n\r\nSo how does Wasabi protect data? We take a \u201cdefense-in-depth\u201d approach to data security, employing multiple layers of security for ultimate protection. The Wasabi cloud storage service is built and managed according to security best practices and standards, and engineered to ensure the privacy and integrity of personal data in accordance with GDPR guidelines.\r\n\r\nWhile stricter mandates about data security can be a challenge for some businesses, regulations like the GDPR only reinforce the need for ever-greater ways to protect personal information. Wasabi is committed to staying abreast of these changes and we are continually developing new ways to ensure the security of the data our clients store.\r\nYou can learn more about how Wasabi safeguards personal privacy in accordance with GDPR mandates by downloading our Ensuring GDPR Compliance with Wasabi white paper.