The GDPR and the Right to be Forgotten

The advent of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), and in particular, Article 17, about the Right to be Forgotten, obliges all companies that manage personal data of residents in the EU to delete such information upon request or in case the detention is no longer necessary in relation to the purposes for which they were previously collected or processed. Any violation can be sanctioned with fines of up to € 20 million or 4% of the global annual turnover.

What Does This Mean in Practice?

It means that if you have always thought that cancelling files means clicking on "Delete" and then on "Empty Bin", from today you will have to radically change your approach. Even formatting a disk is not enough to guarantee compliance with the new European GDPR: if a file is no longer visible inside your PC, this does not necessarily mean that it is no longer present on the device.

How Can you Meet the GDPR Requirements?

In order not to risk expensive fines, you need to rely on companies that can provide effective, reliable and complete products (either software or hardware) for the permanent data erasure from all IT assets: removing all traces of information from the targeted media and receiving a proof of the successful process is the only way to meet the requirements of the GDPR.

Our Solutions

Ontrack has always been the undisputed leader in data management for over 30 years: whether it's about recovering lost data or deleting information permanently, we have the right solution for your business!

Software Erasure

Software erasure solutions permanently remove data from IT assets such as PCs, servers, data center equipment, and smartphones. Your devices are then able to be securely reused, resold, or recycled after the data erasure process has verified the overwriting of the data and a tamper-proof report has been produced.
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Hardware Destruction Solutions

Prepare hard drives, tapes, and other magnetized media for recycling by utilizing the most powerful solutions on the market. Physically sanitizing, destroying, or shredding media provides an extra layer of data security for meeting compliance or specific destruction standards.
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Active Navigation

Active Navigation is a file analysis software solution that can detect any unstructured data across the entire scope of any organization.  For the GDPR, the right file analysis solution can identify personal or sensitive data where ever it lies and is fundamental to complement any top-down analysis.

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Erasure Verification Services

Data privacy and retention regulations force organizations to both retain and dispose of certain data and prove that proper procedures are in place to maintain compliance. A verified erasure process using data erasure software or erasure hardware will help your organization better meet these regulations.

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Ontrack® PowerControls™ - Email Search and Recovery

Under section 7 of the Data Protection Act, any individual located in Europe can ask any company for the data it collects about them under the subject access request. Companies will have 30 days to collect all the information stored about that individual, such as email correspondence, internal memos, and meeting notes.

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Whatever your needs are, our experts are available to advise you on the best solution to make your company confirm to GDPR requirements.

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