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GDPR and ISO 27001 are two significant compliance standards that have a lot in common. Introduced in May 2018, GDPR replaced Data Protection Act 1998 and affect organisations that process personal details of European residents. Whereas ISO 27001 was refreshed in 2013 and is intended as a framework for organisations to adapt as information security management standard.

Compliance with GDPR is mandatory for organisations in Europe where as companies can also optionally adapt set of rules from ISO 27001 for internal processes and procedures to fortify information security practices within the business.

GDPR and ISO 27001 aim to strengthen data security and mitigate the risk of data breaches and both of them require organizations to ensure the confidentiality, integrity and availability of sensitive data. These standards essentially allow the citizens residing in EU to gain more control over their personal data.

Although optional, ISO 27001 is one of the most detailed best practice information security standard and adherence to certain controls of ISO 27001 can also help companies demonstrate compliance with GDPR. On the other hand, compliance with GDPR is mandatory in EU and the principles defined cover a large set of data such as name, address, date of birth, national insurance number, but also medical data, biometric data, political opinions and more (Articles 5-11).

In short, requirement of GDPR consist of explicit consent required for data use, extended rights for data subjects, strict data breach notification rules and huge fines for non-compliance.

As an established I.T. company, Rapteq have highly skilled ISO 27001 and GDPR experienced Consultants who can assist you with successful implementation of these standards in your organisation.

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