Friday, 25 May 2018 07:47

Open-source firm Nextcloud offers GDPR compliance kit

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File sync and share solution company Nextcloud had released a kit to help its customers to comply with the European Union's General data Protection Regulation that takes effect on 25 May (which is some hours away in Europe).

The kit offers Nextcloud customers tools and documentation to make compliance into a checklist, the Germany-based company said in a statement.

These include "specific features in two Nextcloud apps and an update, a GDPR compliance steps walk-through and a detailed account of data handling in Nextcloud with instructions on how to extract, modify and delete data as required by law, make up the package".

The GDPR makes it compulsory for businesses and other organisations that handle private users' data to explain how they use such data. Also, they need to provide a way to access, rectify or delete it.

The company pointed out that when dealing with a public cloud vendor, data left the business' control sphere and it needed to sign a data processing agreement with the cloud vendor.

The business then has to ensure processes that are set up to deal with GDPR-related requests are compliant with the legislation.

If data is kept in-house by self-hosting, then need for dealing with one more external party is removed, keeping the whole process in-house and simplifying compliance.

"GDPR compliance is a major concern for many of our customers", said Andreas Rode, head of sales at Nextcloud. "Our GDPR Compliance Kit essentially takes these concerns away with regards to the file handling, collaboration and communication capabilities as offered by Nextcloud."

The compliance kit offers businesses who host a Nextcloud server apps that help their GDPR compliance, depending on their specific circumstances:

  • the Imprint update to the theming app enables businesses to show an imprint and privacy policy on login;
  • the Delete Account app enables businesses to offer users an easy way to delete their account as required under the GDPR; and
  • the Data Request App adds a way for users to request data, changes or account deletion from their user settings.

The apps and the GDPR checklist have been released to the public while the checklist can be downloaded from the company's website.

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