How Do Privacy Issues and GDPR Impact Physical Security Systems?

Concerns about privacy are “trending” in our increasingly data-driven world, writes Larry Anderson, Editor of and Unease about how Facebook and other high-tech companies use and share data dominates the news, and the full impact of new European Union (EU) regulations is about to be felt around the world. By May 25, companies that collect data on EU citizens will need to comply with strict new rules around protecting customer data, as enumerated in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

But how do the new regulations, and broader concerns about privacy, affect the physical security market, its systems and how they are managed?

Tim Palmquist, VP Americas for Milestone Systems, replied:

No element of security can stand alone. Physical security systems have many dimensions that must be considered in the modern-day business climate. Products, their implementation and ongoing management need to not only help secure facilities and personnel but also be secure themselves.

Regulations such as GDPR have added a new world of consequences to this evolving topic. While the GDPR requirements are new, they build on already existing issues such as data integrity, continuity of service and business reputational risks.

Taken together, the considerations for successful installations and ongoing administration have become more comprehensive and necessary.  System dependency management has never been more important and the opportunities for skilled system integrators never better.

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