Tightening up on data protection: Fabasoft’s Cloud services are already complying with regulations

14 June 2017

The Fabasoft Cloud and proper legal advice offer the right solution for organisations that still have not dealt with the new European GDPR.

Vienna / Linz, June 12, 2017. In the course of a press meeting, Andreas Dangl, Business Unit Executive Cloud Services at Fabasoft, today demonstrated how the basic principles of the tightened EU General Data Protection Regulation have already been implemented into professional Business Cloud solutions. “Access to the Teamrooms of the Fabasoft Cloud is always traceable, and automatic classification ensures that data is only processed for the defined purpose”, Andreas Dangl explained with regard to transparency and designated records management. “The Time travel function which allows to trace releases is one of the features designed to assure accuracy, while retention periods are met through the automatic deletion of data including a reminder function. The two factor authentication at login as well as the concept of Teamrooms with its overview of access rights enable integrity and reliability.“ The above-mentioned Time travel function with its full audit trail has been certified by KPMG as a tamper-proof archive and therefore meets the required accountability.

Effective as of May 25, 2018: “The harsh new reality of data protection legislation“
In its full wording, the EU GDPR is the “Regulation (EU) 2016/679 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC“. Within less than a year, businesses must have completed their preparations for the implementation of the new data protection rules. “As of May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation GDPR will be the harsh new reality of data protection legislation”, says Dr. Rainer Knyrim. The data protection expert at Knyrim Trieb Rechtsanwälte, a certified expert for the European Privacy Seal EuroPriSec and editor-in-chief of the Austrian data protection law review “Datenschutz konkret”, explained how the right legal advice can help avoid data protection pitfalls and how Cloud solutions ensure that collaboration with external partners complies with the respective laws.

This race against time affects all European businesses: Organisations that do not take the tightened protection of personal data seriously enough will face heavy penalties of up to 20 million euros or four percent of global group turnover within the GDPR’s framework of sanctions.

Parliamentary elections will probably delay the Austrian DSG draft
National legislation is entitled to specify individual points of EU-GDPR in the form of national accompanying legislation. On May 12, 2017, the draft of the Austrian accompanying legislation was announced in the form of the “Datenschutz-Anpassungsgesetz 2018 (“DSG”)”.

Rainer Knyrim explains that “the draft of the “Datenschutz-Anpassungsgesetz 2018” has clearer wording than the GDPR. Nevertheless, the practical implementation of many commitments is eagerly anticipated. Compared with other member states, Austrian legislature has been much less active in specifying individual points of GDPR.

Even though the May 25, 2018 deadline for implementing EU-GDPR is set in stone, the Austrian draft may not be ready by the end of this year because of the snap elections in October 2017 that were called for a short time ago. It is good news, however, that the draft has recently been adopted by the Austrian Council of Ministers and has been forwarded to Parliament. Still – businesses must continue to prepare intensively because “GDPR is directly applicable and formally already in force. Up until the deadline next May, application is only suspended”, says Rainer Knyrim.

Organisations therefore have no time to lose in adjusting all processes involved in the handling of personal data to the requirements of EU-GDPR. The best way to tackle this challenge is to enlist the help of experienced legal experts for data protection while implementing a Business Cloud solution meeting all of the basic principles of GDPR – which is clearly the case for the Fabasoft Cloud.

Dr. Rainer Knyrim
is a data protection expert at Knyrim Trieb Rechtsanwälte OG and one of Austria’s leading experts on data protection. The founder and partner at Knyrim Trieb Rechtsanwälte is a certified expert for the European Privacy Seal EuroPriSec and is advising organisations in matters of data protection, currently in particular the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation. Dr. Knyrim is also sharing his knowledge as the editor-in-chief of the Austrian data protection law review “Datenschutz konkret” and as the author of textbooks and specialist publications.