In the past two decades, technology has drastically changed how we capture, use, and store data. As a result, the rules of the past no longer fit the needs of our current digital landscape.

That is why, from the 25th of May 2018 on, data protection laws will experience a massive overhaul. This new regulation, called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), replaces the data protection directive that was created in the 90s. GDPR is a series of measures intended to improve data protection by strengthening and unifying the standards across the European Union. This new regulation is nothing to worry about for medical researchers because in principle, it’s targeted toward institutes and companies. Organizations that process personal data (“controllers”) must have a legitimate reason for having personal data and use it for that reason. That doesn’t change. Nonetheless, it is important to understand GDPR’s implications in order to stay compliant once it comes into effect.

Since last year, the Castor team has been implementing the measures required to make Castor GDPR compliant on top of our information security certifications. Leading the team is Valerie, Castor Legal Counsel & Data Protection Officer. She is responsible for ensuring compliance with all relevant legislations and applicable standards. She will be posting a regular blog series offering insight into how we comply with GDPR.  

At Castor, we are one step ahead of the game. We make sure your data is secure and handled in line with privacy laws. Stay in the loop with our GDPR blog series by following us on social media and subscribing to our newsletter!

 

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