GDPR and mobile applications

We have already written about GDPR, as you can see in our previous blogs, but it’s always good to repeat what GDPR is and how it affects us.

The General Data Protection Regulation, also known as GDPR, was adopted in April of 2016. GDPR defines personal data information that could identify an individual. Identifiers may include names, phone numbers, addresses, as well as digital information such as usernames, locations and more. All companies and organizations need to adapt to this new regulation and have to pay attention when creating mobile applications.

What should we know if we want to make a mobile application according to GDPR regulation?
When you use a database that contains personal, confidential information, you always have to have permission to collect them, explain why you need it, who has access to it, how long you will keep that data and for what purpose are you going to use it. That’s why there is a checkbox that can’t be automatically checked as it was before. From now on, every person has to manually label every checkbox. One of the key things about mobile apps and GDPR is privacy by design, which means that the information we collect from a person needs to be just enough to use the app, for example, sex is not essential information for the app download and for using the app, so we don’t need to know that information . It is also important for each application development stage to take care of personal data security because every person who has access to personal information is responsible for them, so beware of what information you are looking for. In addition, your developers need to encrypt and protect all the data that moves between the application and the server. When making an application, you must ensure that users are allowed to make changes and delete their data. All organizations will need a system or process that will locate and remove certain data. This includes all the services and backup systems that data can not return from anywhere. You, as a company, will have to ask for a consent from the start unless you have the legal basis for processing data. This should include what data you collect and why you collect it.

You may need to invest in better technology to ensure continuous monitoring of your data. Also, you will have to have the backup plan. For application owners, both consumers and businesses, it’s crucial that you have full visibility and control over the real-time use and application activity in a centralized way.

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