GDPR Compliance

Effective date: May 22, 2018

We-talk is GDPR compliant

We-talk has implemented various updates and changes to its codebase in preparation for GDPR enforcement on May 15th 2018.

A summary of We-talk’s overall GDPR readiness strategy:

  • Right of Access
  • Right to be forgotten/erased
  • Data Portability

The following are some of the more recent GDPR updates that are now part of the core codebase:

Right of Access

Part of the expanded rights of data subjects outlined by the GDPR is the right for data subjects to obtain from the data controller confirmation as to whether or not personal data concerning them is being processed, where and for what purpose. Further, the controller shall provide a copy of the personal data, free of charge, in an electronic fromat. This change is a dramatic shift to data transparency and empowerment of data subjects.

Right to be forgotten/erased

Also known as Data Erasure, the right to be forgotten entitles the data subject to have the data controller erase his/her personal data, cease further dissemination of the data, and potentially have third parties halt processing of the data. The conditions for erasure, as outlined in article 17, include the data no longer being relevant to original purposes for processing, or a data subject withdrawing consent. It should also be noted that this right requires controllers to compare the subjects’ rights to “the public interest in the availability of the data” when considering such requests.

Data Portability

GDPR introduces data portability - the right for a data subject to receive the personal data concerning them, which they have previously provided in a ‘commonly used and machine readable format’ and have the right to transmit that data to another controller.

Other rights

Other rights for the data subjects are either covered by features already built into our codebase, or outside the scope of the open source software project, including:

Right to Rectification

The codebase can be configured to support user modification/correction/rectification of any data supplied (entered) by the user.

Right to restriction of processing

This is outside the scope of comercial projects, and is up to the controller ( administrator / deployer / operator of the the server system) to enforce.

Right to Object

This is outside the scope of the open source software project, and is up to the controller ( administrator / deployer / operator of the server system) to enforce.

Community compliance

We-talk is compliant with GDPR.

Meanwhile, we would welcome any advice, input, or questions you may have regarding We-talk’s GDPR readiness. Please help us by emailing your thoughts to [email protected]

Thank you!

The We-talk Team