The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has served as the data privacy and security gold standard since its adoption in 2016. And the stakes are only getting higher. With social media giant Meta\u2019s recent record $1.3B fine for mishandling EU data, organisations can\u2019t ignore the consequences that await on the wrong side of GDPR compliance. \n\nGiven that certain GDPR articles have significant data protection and security implications, your SaaS third-party data protection solution must do more than check compliance boxes; it should make the processes to achieve it is easier, too. In this article, we break down several important GDPR regulatory articles you need to know and how Own supports compliance through all products: Recover, Archive, Sandbox Seeding and Secure.\n\nArticle 5 - storage limitation principle\n\nArticle 5 states that personal data should be kept as long as it's being utilised. In other words, if you don\u2019t use it, lose it. Personal data might be stored for a specific period of time, like 180 days, or until a trigger event prompts its deletion, such as a user unsubscribing from all communication channels. Regardless of the parameters, you\u2019ll always want to have a good reason to keep personal data and a strong management system to support it.\n\nWith Own, you don\u2019t have to limit your data compliance capabilities \u2013 even when dealing with the storage limitation principle. Our backup and recovery solution, Recover, enables users to edit backup retention periods and their frequency. Whether you choose to conduct backups daily, weekly, monthly, or yearly, your data protection efforts stay consistent and adaptable, without risking your compliance. \n\nHaving a firm grasp on your storage limitations doesn\u2019t stop there. Our security solution, Secure, helps manage the retention policies for Shield Field Audit Trail information. This way, your field change history is only kept as long as it needs to be.\n\nWith our archiving solution, you can trust that your data\u2019s past won\u2019t dictate your compliant future. Archive allows users to define, automate, and manage their archiving policies. These policies include what specific data is archived, how frequently data archiving activities occur, and how long that archived data is retained.\n\nWith all these granular storage capabilities, you can make choices that fulfill your unique data needs and GDPR\u2019s strict regulatory requirements.\n\nArticle 15 \u2014 right of access\n\nProviding your data is one thing; knowing what\u2019s being done with it is another. Under GDPR Article 15, EU citizens (known as Data Subjects) are allowed to access information collected about them by companies, or Data Controllers, or by those who process the data, called Data Processors. And this information covers more than just the data itself; it discloses the data\u2019s journey, from collection to storage to usage. Data subjects can obtain this information by submitting a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR).\n\nPer GDPR, businesses are required to respond to a DSAR request in 30 days, making timeliness\u2014and organisation\u2014an integral part of the compliance process. DSARs apply to all the data containing the Subject's information, whether in historical backups, archived records, or even in testing data living in sandboxes.\n\nRecover\u2019s Find functionality lets customers quickly and easily find a Data Subject\u2019s information and process DSARs. This capability streamlines the sourcing and response time\u2013a benefit for business compliance and the organization\u2019s reputation.\n\nWith Secure, a timely DSAR response doesn\u2019t have to elicit a scavenger hunt. Data classification, compliance categorisation, fill rates, and export capabilities all help enable quick and efficient DSAR responses, starting by identifying fields that will be part of a subject request.\n\nAnd Data Subjects aren\u2019t the only ones who will want access to their data\u2019s footprint; admins will need it to help provide a DSAR in 30 days. Archive makes it easy for admins to search and find archived records through the Global Search Functionality. And if granted permissions, front-end users can also view and export (or unarchive if needed) archived records directly from Salesforce. This way, admins can help accelerate the request process, working with data from the past without stalling efficiency.\n\nArticle 16 \u2013 right to rectification\n\nWhether it's an updated address, new email address, or name change, Data Subject information is constantly changing; what isn\u2019t changing is their right to rectify it. Under Article 16, Data Subjects can replace incorrect data with accurate information or complete incomplete data. The Data Controller must rectify the data or make the dataset whole upon request.\n\nThe precision and accuracy valued in Article 16 are crucial for more than just Data Subjects; it\u2019s important for data backup and restoring capabilities, too. Recover enables backup records to be edited or \u201crectified\u201d one record at a time. Once a record is rectified, it will be updated in all the backups (and future backups) under the same service. You can have peace of mind that your data protection efforts are equipped with the most up-to-date information without jeopardising your compliance.\n\nArticle 17\u2013right to erasure\n\nThe Right to Erasure, or the right to be forgotten, says that Data Subjects have the right to have personal data erased. It also mandates that the Data Controller erases the data if it\u2019s no longer being used for its original purpose or if the data was unlawfully processed.\n\nErasing data everywhere that needs to be erased doesn\u2019t have to add to your workload if you have the right solution. With Archive, you can easily satisfy Right to Erasure requests in several ways. With the Right to Be Forgotten software development kit (SDK), users can configure the SDK to send a Delete request based on the following criteria: Record Type, Field Name and Value. You can also create a Purge Policy to immediately delete a group of records and submit a ticket to Own Support to assist with the request.\n\nIf you\u2019re working in a sandbox, Sandbox Seeding anonymises data from production or any other sandboxes. This keeps data protection efforts intact while encouraging experimentation and creativity in this unique environment.\n\nSimplify GDPR compliance with Own\n\nIf you\u2019re capturing and storing personal data of European Data Subjects\u2014regardless of your organisation\u2019s location \u2013 GDPR must be top of mind. While GDPR compliance isn\u2019t optional, you have a say in how smooth your data compliance journey will be, starting with your third-party data protection solution. With Own, you can trust that GDPR regulations and your unique data needs are being supported across all products in all environments.\n\nTo learn about other GDPR principles and how Own supports customer compliance across all products, download \u2018The GDPR and Your SaaS Data\u2019 now.