Transform your business with the GDPR

The General Data Protection Regulation became enforceable on May 25th 2018

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What is the GDPR?

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seeks to create a harmonised data protection law framework across the EU and aims to give back to data subjects, control of their personal data, whilst imposing strict rules on those hosting and processing this data, anywhere in the world.

The IBM GDPR Framework

IBM has created a 'GDPR framework' with five phases to help achieve readiness: Assess, Design, Transform, Operate, and Conform. The goal of the framework is to help clients manage security and privacy effectively in order for them to reduce risks and therefore incidents. IBM services and solutions are available to support you at each phase in your own GDPR readiness journey.


activity: conduct GDPR risk and privacy assessments across governance, people, processes, data and security

outcome: assessments and roadmap


activity: designing new, GDPR compliant, standards for each aspect of the business

outcome: defines implementation plan


activity: develop and embed procedures, processes and tools: conduct GDPR training

outcome: process enhancements completed


activity: execute & monitor relevant business processes: manage consent and data subject access rights

outcome: operational framework in place


activity: monitor, assess, audit, report and evaluate adherence to GDPR standards

outcome: ongoing monitoring and reporting

Read the paper   IBM Pathways for GDPR Readiness (PDF, 281 KB)

How can IBM help on your journey to GDPR readiness?

IBM offers comprehensive solutions, services and expertise to help your progress to GDPR readiness and beyond.

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The GDPR needs you to be on top of encryption, access controls and monitoring through to incident breach readiness and reporting. IBM Security services and solutions can accelerate your readiness for each of these.

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Protection of personal data needs you to discover and classify categories and types of data across the business; then prepare for Article 30 Records of Processing, mapping processing activities to personal data use. Our capabilities can help support your remediation, lifecycle management, consent and DSAR (Data Subject Access Rights) requests.

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Rather than merely complying, seize the opportunity presented by the GDPR to set your company apart from the competition using the IBM Cloud. Designed with built-in data security and privacy services, the IBM Cloud offers the platform and tools to help safeguard sensitive data wherever it resides.

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Watson Marketing

We support marketers throughout their GDPR journey. Our AI-powered marketing solutions, accompanied with business expertise, will help you stay compliant with industry regulations.

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Data Storage

Using IBM data storage and processing products to manage GDPR readiness, you can gain increased transparency and control over your data, positioning your company to realise efficiencies, identify opportunities and drive innovation.

Checklist: How to prepare for data privacy changes

Actionable steps for data regulation compliance and readiness

GDPR – How it Works

A Little Bee Book: EU General Data Protection Regulation – How it Works. Adapted from a variety of sources by Bob Yelland.

Blockchain and the GDPR

Using real-world examples, this paper explores five areas associated with GDPR compliance and how blockchain might address each.

IBM pathways for GDPR readiness

Preparing your business for the changing realities of data protection in the European Union. Learn more about how to use IBM's five phase methodology.

Create sustainable, governed data assets for the GDPR and beyond

Learn how IBM is helping clients in getting ready for the GDPR.

IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization: Your key to simplifying GDPR compliance

This paper takes a closer look at how HyTrust, Intel, and IBM can help simplify your GDPR compliance efforts.

Simplify GDPR Compliance with IBM Cloud Secure Virtualization

GDPR considerations for blockchain solution architects

Know your options before processing EU personal data on a blockchain

IBM's commitment to GDPR readiness

IBM is committed to providing our clients and partners with innovative data privacy, security and governance solutions to assist them on their journey to GDPR compliance.

IBM is a recognised leader in data protection and complies with data privacy laws around the world. In preparation for the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on May 25, 2018, IBM established a comprehensive compliance framework to ensure GDPR compliance for all IBM products and services. As part of this global program, IBM reviewed and enhanced IBM products and services for GDPR, developed GDPR-ready contracts for clients and suppliers, and actively engaged with clients and suppliers on GDPR compliance.

As part of IBM’s ongoing commitment to privacy by design, IBM has embedded data protection principles even more deeply into its business processes, products, and services so that our clients can better meet their own data protection objectives. In addition to enhanced security, IBM offers innovative data privacy and governance solutions that can assist clients and partners with GDPR compliance.

For IBM the GDPR is not a one-time event but the latest milestone on the journey of protecting data. As IBM’s long history of security and privacy leadership demonstrates, IBM understands that protecting privacy is essential to gaining trust. IBM was one of the first companies to appoint a Chief Privacy Officer, to develop and publish a genetics privacy policy , to be certified under the APEC Cross Borders Privacy Rules system, and to sign the EU Data Protection Code of Conduct for Cloud Service Providers. Now, IBM is continuing its long-standing leadership in the area of data protection by responding proactively to the GDPR.

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