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How important is the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) in the IT field? Here’s the ranking of foreign countries heavily in demand for IT outsourcing set alongside the CNIL’s ranking of data protection in relation to EU and GDPR recommendations:

1 – What is the GDPR?

The GDPR is an EU regulation since 2018 to protect the personal data of European citizens. It defines how data must be collected, stored, processed, shared and protected by public or private organizations. Key GDPR principles include data minimization, retention limitation, integrity and confidentiality, as well as prior consent. The aim of the GDPR is to give individuals greater control over their data and to simplify regulation for international activities.

2 – Importance of the GDPR for a company with IT resources or outsourcing.

The GDPR has a direct link to the professional IT sector. As a data protection regulation, the GDPR affects the way companies manage and process the personal data of their customers, employees.

Data collection and processing: Companies must comply with GDPR rules, such as explicit consent, data minimization and security. Working with countries not recognized by the EU on this subject can lead to risks such as insecure data transfer, breach of confidentiality and difficulty in exercising individuals’ rights.

Data security: European companies must implement security measures to protect personal data against unauthorized access. Avoiding data transfers to countries not recognized by the EU and in disagreement with the GDPR is a best practice.

Individuals’ rights: the GDPR strengthens individuals’ rights over their personal data. Companies must ask their foreign business partners whose data protection is not recognized by the EU for information about the use of their data to enable them to exercise their rights, such as access, rectification, erasure and data portability.

It is therefore essential for any company with IT resources to comply with the GDPR and collaborate with countries that respect them in order to preserve the trust of customers, employees and candidates. Not only does this reduce the risk of financial penalties, it also strengthens the protection of personal data and promotes an ethical and responsible approach to data management in the IT sector.

3 – Focus on Europe

When it comes to outsourcing or recruiting IT resources, certain countries may offer financial advantages. However, it is important to favor Europe in these strategies, as data protection is an important aspect to take into account in any collaboration. Poland is an excellent alternative. It’s an EU member country with several advantages in terms of GDPR compliance. Poland is among the European countries renowned for their privacy-friendly culture and solid IT development expertise. What’s more, with competitive costs compared to other European countries, Poland offers an economic opportunity for French companies to consider.

Victor Carraz

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