The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) gives all users the power to be in charge of their own data and information uploaded in the web. Every website and third-party that wants to access and process these information has to get the confirmation from the user first.
Encryption is the key to achieve GDPR’s standards. Encryption makes it difficult for unauthorized people to view information traveling between computers. Every website must be encrypted before transmitted over the Internet, so it is highly unlikely that anyone reads the page as it traveled across the network.
In this sector we will analyze some of the companies offering GDPR compliance services, allowing websites to run smoothly under the new laws.
One of the pioneer companies in helping users to comply their website to GDPR is TrustArc.
TrustArc has more than twenty years of experience in data processing and privacy. Previously names Truste, they started working on GDPR in September 2016, 3 months after the establishment of GDPR’s initial concept. TrustArc, in essence, provides a message board when you enter a website trusted to it, letting you know what cookies are included in the website, and giving you the option to disable them if you wish so.
TrustArc is, so far, the most trusted company on the theme, with many colossus companies trusting their websites on it, specialized in different parts of the market. More specifically, Cisco, hp, IBM, Apple, ORACLE, AVIS, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Forbes, The New York Times, The Economist, EA, Nintendo, and GAP are only a small portion of their client list.
With their experience spanning all industries, geographies, and jurisdictions, TrustArc is a viable tool for enormous companies as well as small businesses.
Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates
Another way to assure you go by the new rules of Europe are Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) Certificates. SSLs are the easiest way for someone to encrypt his website and make it comply with the new GDPR rules on privacy and data management.
SSL is a standard security protocol which establishes encrypted links between a web server and a browser, thereby ensuring that all communication that happens between a web server and browser(s) remains encrypted and hence private.
SSL Certificate is today an industry standard that is used by millions of websites worldwide to protect all communication and data that’s transmitted online through the websites.
Basically, SSL Certificates are available for everyone who wishes to see them. If you click on the green locker, on the left side of the website you are browsing, you can see what type of certificate supports the specific website.
There are quite a few SSL Certificate issuers for websites that still need to comply with the new regulations. We are taking a closer glimpse at a few leading companies in the scene, already providing regulatory frameworks to help companies face the GDPR.
- Let’s encrypt
Let’s Encrypt is an open source Certificate Authority that’s backed by companies such as Automattic, Mozilla, Facebook, Chrome among others. This certificate is free and you can have as many as you want, although it does not carry a warranty or extra features as all free stuff doesn’t. Even so, with all renewals free and possibly automated, and with such major companies trusting it, its services and security are among the best available. It offers RSA 2048-bit encryption and is a common choice of use.
Symantec, on the other hand, is the most expensive Certificate Authority, and so provides with much more than Let’s Encrypt. They provide ECC 256-bit encryption, the latest encryption method, and access to other encryption methods if needed. They offer several different types of certificates, complying with certain standards of government agencies and include warranties varying from $1,500,000 to $1,750,000. Symantec is preferred by high-traffic sites and high-profile sites for all the services it provides.
Commodo lies somewhere between Let’s Encrypt and Symantec, in a matter of price and certificate value. It provides some additional options than the first one and costs significantly less than the second one. They provide RSA 2048-bit encryption and offer a free 90 day trial for users to check the DV Certificate. You can upgrade the warranty on some of the certificates from $250,000 to $1,750,000. It is commonly used by websites as it provides them with free PCI and site scanning for one certificate.
DigiCert is another SSL Certificate Authority with many major companies around the world. They provide RSA 2048 bit, 128 bit and 256-bit encryption, with free re-issues and a warranty of $1,000,000. It also has a different kind of certificates, according to the costumer’s need. They have recently partnered with Symantec to provide even better encryption methods and services.
There are other services selling SSL Certificates that provide different types of Certificates, although the ones listed above claim the largest portion of the marketplace. Last, but not least, even Certificate Authorities such as those use TrustArc services to help them comply with GDPR.
The encryption provided by those companies can ensure the customer that his personal data is viewed only by them, as well as allow them to make certain that the website will not attempt to steal personal information through third-party programs.
The force, with which GDPR is expected to hit the online market is huge, and we still need to see the consequences facing those who deny complying with the new rules.