Respecting Data Privacy in a Connected World: How GDPR Nurtures IoT Security 

One of the biggest reasons why industries fear investing in IoT is the security myth. Read it again, it is just a myth. IoT’s power to collect, transmit and process data is incredible and is executed with full responsibility, if you have collaborated with the right IoT partner. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the toughest privacy and security law as defined by the European Union. The regulation ensures that your privacy is taken care of while collaborating with a partner dealing with data and cloud services. Therefore, investing with a GDPR-compliant IoT partner is not a choice but a need. Nuventure’s accolades in the category of data security makes us an expert in delivering safe technology solutions with officially certified data security assurance. ISO 27001:2002 and SOC 2 certifications make Nuventure a truly trusted technology partner for our clients. But more than that, our strict adherence to GDPR policy within the working environment and with our client data, makes us proudly acknowledge our worth: Yes, the cybersecurity certifications are well earned.  

How Nuventure’s GDPR-compliance Boost IoT security? 

  1. Personal data as fragile information: 

GDPR policies define personal data as any information about an individual, from name, E-mail address to local information like religious belief and web cookies. Interestingly, if an individual can be identified using pseudonymous data, it is labelled as personal data. Since IoT devices require personal data for authentication purposes, especially sensitive data like biometrics, location and even health information (in case of IoT-enhanced healthcare system), GDPR compliant work ethics confirms that the data is encrypted or anonymized to safeguard customer from data infringement and theft. So, if you have partnered with a GDPR compliant tech-partner like Nuventure, your coast is clear. 

Nuventure’s expertise in the water treatment industry is renowned. So, when the client approached us with the challenge of unpleasant swimming pool experience and costly repairs of undetected infrastructure failure, we were excited to pitch in. Swimming pool automation system- the solution we offered facilitated: 

  • Efficient equipment control with adjust settings to turn on/off filter pumps, heat pumps, chlorinator and UV lights. 
  • Automate tasks for filtration, heating, and chemical dosing. 
  • Real-time monitoring of pH, ORP, temperature, pressure, conductivity, flow with live data updates every 15 seconds. 
  • Preventive maintenance alert in case of machine anomaly detection. 

Besides this sophisticated IoT-enabled infrastructure, our client was impressed with our guarded manner of handling their private data. Our GDPR-trained employees collected, processed and treated private data for the user authorization process with great care. Interested in reading our client’s story? 

  1. Policy of consent: 

A GDPR-adhering partner will ensure that the route map of sensitive private data is explained to the customer before signing the contract. IoT works on the principle of connectivity. Transmission of huge data from multiple connected devices requires authentication of user information at multiple levels. The dramatic entry of personal data! To prevent unauthorized access to IoT network, processing personal data is mandatory. However, lucky are you if your partner seeks consent on  

What is the personal data used? 

Why is personal data used? 

Where is the personal data used? 

How is personal data used? 

Being transparent on the usage of personal data in IoT infrastructure makes your IoT partner credible, because your safety is prioritized over business by the partner. Go ahead with the deal! 

Imagine getting access to control your swimming pool IoT infrastructure system; finetune settings and configure sensors to optimize parameters. This complicated task demands input of your personal data to prevent unauthorized access. Nuventure’s strict adherence to GDPR policy has made this task safe and hassle-free for installer and customer login. No security breach issues have been reported since our installation of the automated swimming pool system. This is just one of our many successful IoT solutions dealing with sensitive client data. 

  1. Security measures to play it safe: 

To safeguard the interests of both the customer and the company, GDPR policies demand the organization to implement certain measures that tackle unauthorized data infringement. In the case of IoT infrastructure, it is mandatory to keep security checks by encryption of data, ensuring access control, performing regular software security updates and adopting measures to prevent unauthorized data breaches.

  1. Acknowledge breaches professionally: 

GDPR guidelines necessitate every compliant organization to report issues of data breach or manipulation to the victims and more importantly to concerned legal authorities, within 72-hours of the crime. Yes, personal data theft is murdering an identity and hence a crime. GDPR recommends a systematic approach to detect, investigate, and report breaches in a timely manner. IoT data theft in the form of hacking, phishing and even malware attacks, can be estranged by the implementation of GDPR-recommended data security measures. And in case of theft, admitting and taking appropriate measures will only express your concern for clients’ data and not your inadequacy. Honesty is the best policy, now, then and always; everywhere. 

  1.  Documenting for safe data practices: 

GDPR mandates demonstration of the principles followed by an organization to observe data security best practices. Some of them include documenting records of data processing activities, scheduling regular data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) for high-risk processing activities, and designating data protection officers (DPOs) in case of highly sensitive data.  

GDPR compliance guarantees that the organization is well equipped with legal complications pertaining to the breach of customer data privacy. Talking about the legal complications, any anomalies detected from an organization, the penalty is massive: it would come up to €20 million or 4% of global revenue (whichever is higher). Besides, the victim can legally demand compensation for the emotional/economic damage caused. Did this rip the rug out from under you? The intention of GDPR policy is not to display explicit threat on organizations, but to subtly remind the need to respect the private data of the customers.  

Clients come back to Nuventure, one of the top IoT solutions partners, because of the best practices we follow to ensure the safety of clients’ data while providing world-class IoT solutions. The combination of safe and best being rare, our solutions are always on demand. Therefore, if you are looking for a secure IoT solutions partner who can guarantee the best of both the worlds, then click here


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