Given such severe consequences for failing to comply with global privacy regulations, organizations must adopt strategies for effective data privacy management keeping in consideration the critical data protection principles and approaches of privacy-by-design and privacy-by-default, and in particular, comply with the following obligations:
Process personal data only on lawful grounds.
Adequately fulfill data subjects’ requests.
Ensure appropriate security controls to prevent data losses or security incidents.
Ensure appropriate technical measures to uphold data protection principles of lawfulness, transparency and fairness, purpose limitation, data minimization, accuracy, storage limitation, integrity and confidentiality, and accountability.
Ensure that all conditions for a valid data subject’s consent have been fulfilled and consent revocations are adequately honored where consent is the lawful basis of data processing.
Provide adequate and comprehensive information to data subjects about their data and how it is collected, used, stored, processed, and disclosed.
Timely notify personal data breaches and security incidents to data subjects and regulatory authorities.
Have a data retention policy in place to keep track of information storage duration and dispose of the information when it is no longer needed.
Ensure regular Privacy Impact Assessments and Data Protection Impact Assessments to mitigate any potential privacy risks in data processing activities.
Ensure that vendors or other third parties comply with data protection principles.
Ensure that the data exporter country provides comparable privacy safeguards as that of the data importer while making any cross-border data transfers.
Maintain updated and comprehensive records of data processing activities to demonstrate compliance with the applicable legal requirements and respect an individual’s data privacy.