MSPAlliance launches GDPR program for service providers

The International Association of Cloud & Managed Service Providers (MSPAlliance) has launched a program related to GDPR.

The program provides a variety of solutions service providers need in order to understand and demonstrate compliance with the General Data Protection Act according to MSPAlliance.

GDPR, which went into effect May 25, 2018, is a European Commission legislative scheme designed to protect European data. The law federalizes several key elements of data protection throughout Europe, including data breach notification, the right to be forgotten, and several data security and privacy enhancements. GDPR applies to certain MSPs and cloud providers, even those operating outside the EU.

Its GDPR program includes GDPR Verify, a module attached to the MSP/Cloud Verify report which will demonstrate a provider’s compliance with GDPR.

The GDPR Verify report addresses issues such as geo-location disclosure, access controls, data breach notification, as well as other elements found within GDPR.

MSPAlliance Cloud & MSP Insurance, an insurance product for MSPs was launched in 2008, and a Legal Hotline, staffed by attorneys from Scott & Scott, are also included.

The ‘hotline’ provides legal consultations for MSPAlliance members seeking to learn how the law effects them and seeking legal counsel regarding GDPR compliance.

“As a European MSP, the GDPR Verify program is particularly interesting for us,” said Nicolas Geudens, managing partner Hestia Group NV. “While we are awaiting further details on the official certification scheme to be issued by the EU and/or local authorities in the coming 2 years, the GDPR Verify Program provides us with a best practice standard to measure how we stack up against GDPR obligations.

“We’ve always had privacy and security on top of our agenda, and thanks to GDPR, we are able to use it as a competitive differentiator by completing the GDPR Verify Program.”

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