Bulletproof’s international man of compliance
Written by Luke Peach on 10/05/2019
Implementing GDPR in India
I’m glad to say that, in my extensive travels, I’ve seen businesses across the globe taking data protection very seriously. However, I’ve also encountered organisations simply adding ‘we take data protection very seriously’ to their Privacy Notices and declaring the job done. Regardless of a company’s attitude, all GDPR compliance projects, gap analyses or DPO services start with me reading up on a company’s current processes and business practices to gain a general understanding of what stage they’re currently at. This reading is an important part of the whole process as it means:
- I’ll know how your business works before we get stuck in
- I get an idea of the stage you’re currently at
- I can start working on improving policies and procedures straight away
In this regard, helping an organisation in India with their GDPR projects is much the same as any other organisation – that’s the beauty of GDPR.
My time in Bangalore was limited, so I had to make the most of it. Having scoured several documents on the plane, I was able to get started right away. We reviewed all relevant documentation and I pointed out what was good and what was lacking. I was then taken on a tour of the building to review the security in place and then we got down to the nitty-gritty of procedures. A gap analysis is the best place to start with any GDPR project as they’re a handy way to see what you’re doing well and put a plan in place to tackle the areas that need improving.
All work and no play...
On being asked to write this blog I was excited to unleash my inner Bill Bryson and start talking about the history, the sights, the culture, the landscapes and the delicious food. Then came the caveat that it has to be business-focussed with interesting and relevant links to our services.
So, challenge accepted. Brace yourself...
The local beer was delicious, and so cheap that I could almost justify a flight to India every Friday. The price in no way reflected a lack of quality: it was simply great value for money... much like Bulletproof’s penetration testing services. From app testing to red teaming, we’ve got you covered.
Despite my incredibly English palette (I can’t even handle BBQ flavoured pringles on a bad day), I found myself spoilt for choice at the dinner buffets. Aromatic rice, sumptuous spiced mutton and a range of vegetarian dishes meant there was something for everyone... just like there’s something for every business with our S.W.A.T. Defence® managed SIEM packages.
Then, after I’d eaten my fill, I was usually given a glass of what looked like grass, peppers and ice cream. Except it’s much nicer than that sounds. It was said to aid digestion and leave you feeling less bloated after a meal, leaving you perfectly satisfied. Which is much like how our customers feel after we’ve delivered that perfect audit report.
Back home to bed
All in all, it was a rewarding trip. Having left another happy customer I feel confident in saying that we’ll be jetting off to India again soon to play our part in keeping people’s personal data safe and secure. All in a day’s work for this humble Compliance Consultant. There’s no telling where the next job might take me, Australia, Croydon... the moon, the possibilities are endless. No matter where in the world you need us, we’ll take trains, planes and even Tuk-Tuks to get you the support your business needs.
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