Data Encryption, Data Security & GDPR


Data security encryption – The most essential data security practice.

Data encryption uses a mathematical algorithm to scramble or encrypt data. Once the data has been encrypted, one needs a secret ‘key’ to again unscramble or de-crypt the information. So, even when someone unauthorised would get their hands on the data, it would read complete gibberish. And as a result any data within can not be read or exploited.

Moreover, one should ensure that personal data is always encrypted both when stored and when transmitted. Additionally, appropriate access control and backup procedures should be in place.

Most modern computer/devices and software offer encryption, and most of the time it is just a matter of clicking the right option to enable it. Therefore, do ask your software vendor or IT support teams about data encryption.

Data Security Encryption 

We listed some questions below to start the conversation:

  • Firstly, can you confirm that all hard drives of desktop computers, laptops and severs are encrypted?
  • Moreover, can you confirm that my website traffic is encrypted using the appropriate SSL certificate?
  • Can you confirm that all databases that hold personal data are encrypted?
  • For those working remotely can you set up a VPN service?
  • Lastly, can we implement password manager software so all staff can manage passwords securely?


For more GDPR-related information, see our GDPR Knowledge Base on Data Security or our post on GDPR Compliance checklist for the SME.


Compliance software for the SME – GDPRWise App

Over and above, we have simplified compliance with GDPR requirements for you.

Get access to our Privacy Policy Generator and GDPR Register using our GDPR compliance software. Our software solution holds listings of processing activities in many industries. The GDPRWise App can generate your privacy policy and GDPR register, based on the sector specific content we have set up in your online GDPRWise dossier. Validate and refine where specified, that is all that needs to be done.

Also, we encourage you to perform a quick and free GDPR compliance check of your privacy policy, simply paste in the link to your privacy policy web page here in our GDPR privacy policy checker.


GDPR Data encryption