As security professionals and manufacturers prepare to participate in ISC West, the largest security industry trade show in the United States, Genetec, a technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions, is urging North American security directors to get ready for the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

While the initiative is led by the European Union, the territorial scope of the GDPR is global. As of May 25, 2018, any business that is collecting or storing personally identifiable information (PII) of EU citizens (including surveillance video, cardholder information and activities tracked by an access control system, and license plate numbers captured by an automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) system) will be held accountable, regardless of where the organisation is based. This includes any business with offices, stores, warehouses, websites, employees or customers in the EU.Big multi-national retail chains to small and medium-sized businesses are seeking strategies for complaince across all their data collection processes

Simple and cost-effective compliance

Should a security breach occur that impacts personally identifiable information, companies will be mandated to report it within 72 hours. Failure to comply with these new regulations could result in up to 20 million Euros in penalties (US$25 million), or 4% of the company’s global annual turnover, whichever is higher.

With the deadline nearing, and heavy penalties looming, North American organisations, from big multi-national retail chains to small and medium-sized businesses, are seeking strategies that will make them compliant across all their data collection processes, as simply and cost-effectively as possible. At ISC West, we will be engaging our customers and partners in discussions about how to best achieve compliance,” said Christian Morin, VP Cloud Services and Chief Security Officer at Genetec.

KiwiVision Privacy Protector module

At ISC West, Genetec will showcase on-premises and SaaS end-to-end solutions that can help organisations achieve GDPR compliance with regards to processing operations of video surveillance data.

As a trusted partner, Genetec can provide organisations with valuable insight into the extent of their GDPR obligations and on how best to design and develop their video, access control, and ALPR systems to meet compliance requirements.

Of particular interest to ISC West attendees, will be the latest version of Security Centre which now comes with the KiwiVision Privacy Protector module, to enable organisations to automatically blur and mask video surveillance footage, and anonymise people to protect their privacy.

Privacy Protector was recently certified for the fourth consecutive term with the European Privacy Seal (EuroPriSe), and is rated 'GDPR-ready'. Privacy Protector is the only privacy protecting video solution to hold this certification.

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