You’ve probably been hearing a lot of buzz about the EU GDPR. In case you want a refresher, the EU General Data Protection Regulation was…
Despite the initiative’s roots, the impact of GDPR compliance will stretch far beyond the confines of the EU. Any hotel that hosts international guests, for instance, is subject to the new GDPR rules. In other words, to avoid heavy GDPR fines of up to €20 million, it is crucial for all international business owners to ensure GDPR compliance well before next year’s deadline.
As we sprint to the GDPR compliance deadline, many companies are doing their part to keep their workforce informed. Amanda Finch, Director of Risk and Compliance at Journyx, spoke to us about how GDPR compliance will impact companies well outside of EU borders.
Finch states, “Any data you gathered from a person in the EU, regardless of where they actually reside, puts your company in the GDPR enforcement crosshairs. Can they really enforce these fines on non-EU companies? The answer is yes – they certainly can. In one example, the U.S. and the EU have agreed to a framework that permits enforcement against companies in the U.S. – a necessary step to maintain the vast amount of U.S.- EU trade.”
She goes on to ask, “Do you provide services to companies in the EU? Don’t rely on your knee-jerk instinct to assume that these GDPR penalties won’t flow down to you should those companies run afoul of GDPR compliance. If your EU customer gathers personal data and sends it to you, you are as liable as they for their misdeeds, and subject to the same GDPR fines.”
Internal communication tools sit at the crux of many of the new standard practices enforced by the General Data Protection Regulation, so naturally, we want to provide you with as much information as possible to prepare. A GDPR compliance checklist is a great place to start the privacy assessment of your employee app and other internal communications.
As digital workplace architects, our team at Beekeeper is constantly optimizing our internal communication tools and employee app so your company and employee data remain secure. Today we’d like to talk about what GDPR compliance means for ubiquitous international messaging tools like WhatsApp.
WhatsApp was never specifically designed for enterprise use, and the security risks of using a tool like this for official company business is well-documented. In addition to the fact that WhatsApp’s data privacy record leaves much to be desired, the employee app is also not optimized for group chat or collaboration. For non-desk workforces and busy teams who must collaborate on the go, this user experience is less than ideal.
Despite its shortcomings for corporate use, many international companies use WhatsApp as a cost-effective one-on-one messaging and conferencing tool. Under the new General Data Protection Regulation laws, however, the use of WhatsApp will count as a strike against businesses as it fails to meet the security standards that companies must uphold to avoid massive GDPR fines. WhatsApp's GDPR compliance is questionable on several counts, including the Right to Access, the Right to be Forgotten, Privacy by Design, Data Portability, and Transfer of Data.
Company content hubs should feel like a warm and lively gathering, not a ghost town. Carrying strong visual brand assets throughout your internal communications hub is a great way to encourage employee engagement and collaboration. Whereas a traditional intranet can feel as sterile and stark as a windowless chamber, the Beekeeper employee app can be customized for your business needs without robust assistance from IT or technical leaders in your organization.
In addition, the Beekeeper employee app interface allows individual employees to select functionalities like push notifications and workflows, giving a more personalized feel to the digital workplace experience. In addition to increasing productivity, these interactive features and notifications also encourage higher levels of participation within the company culture, leading to higher levels of overall workforce satisfaction.