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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a comprehensive set of data protection laws that were introduced by the European Union (EU) in May 2018. The regulation aims to provide a uniform and robust framework for data protection and privacy for all individuals within the EU, regardless of their location. GDPR applies to all organizations that process or handle the personal data of EU citizens, irrespective of where the organization is based. It is important to note that GDPR applies to data controllers (organizations that determine the purposes and means of processing personal data) and data processors (organizations that process personal data on behalf of data controllers).

Understanding GDPR

GDPR has several key concepts that businesses must be aware of, including the right to be informed, the right to access, the right to rectification, the right to erasure, the right to restrict processing, the right to data portability, the right to object, and the right not to be subject to automated decision-making, including profiling. GDPR also defines personal data broadly, which includes any information that can be used to identify an individual, such as name, email address, phone number, or location data.

What GDPR Means for Your Business

If your business processes or handles personal data of EU citizens (Even if your business if in United States), GDPR applies to you. This means that you need to ensure that you have the necessary systems and processes in place to protect personal data, obtain valid consent for data processing, and promptly notify data breaches to the relevant authorities and affected individuals. Failure to comply with GDPR can result in significant fines and reputational damage to your business.

How to Comply with GDPR

Complying with GDPR requires businesses to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect personal data. This may include conducting a data protection impact assessment, appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO), implementing data retention and deletion policies, and conducting regular security audits. Businesses may also need to update their privacy policies and obtain valid consent from data subjects for data processing activities.

The Benefits of GDPR Compliance

GDPR compliance can bring several benefits to your business, including enhanced data security, increased trust and transparency with customers, and improved operational efficiency. Compliance can also give your business a competitive advantage by demonstrating your commitment to data privacy and protecting the rights of individuals.

Why Choose Cleared Systems for GDPR Compliance

Cleared Systems is a leading provider of GDPR compliance services. Our team of experts can help your business navigate the complexities of GDPR and ensure that you meet all your obligations under the regulation. We offer a range of services, including GDPR readiness assessments, DPO as a service, data protection impact assessments, and GDPR compliance training.


In conclusion, GDPR is a significant development in the area of data protection and privacy. Compliance with GDPR can bring several benefits to your business, including enhanced data security, increased trust with customers, and improved operational efficiency. To ensure that your business meets its obligations under GDPR, choose Cleared Systems as your GDPR compliance partner. Contact us today to learn more about our GDPR compliance services and how we can help your business achieve compliance. Let us help you build a better future for your business and customers by prioritizing data privacy and security.

Ways We Can Help You

Contact us to receive assistance in navigating cybersecurity risks and information compliance for your company. Here are some additional ways we can help:

  • Schedule a free discovery session with us during which we can learn about your company, answer your questions, and assist you in determining if Cleared Systems is the right fit for you.

  • Register for our upcoming cybersecurity and information compliance training.

  • Purchase our books on CMMC 2.0, CUI, Data Breaches, and ITAR.

  • Join our weekly free webinar sessions to ask questions and learn about the latest developments in cybersecurity and information compliance.

Author Profile

Carl B. Johnson, President of Cleared Systems, is a highly experienced and a ITAR, CMMC 2.0, Microsoft GCC High, and Microsoft DLP/AIP consultant. With over twenty years of experience in information assurance, cybersecurity, policy development, risk management, and regulatory compliance, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to his clients.

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