The data economy and data security are the top priorities of GDPR. Much debated and discussed, it finally enters into force. In times when data should help us to understand our customers better the collection, processing and storage of data is essential and decisive for the success of companies but remains controversial.

The more and better qualified data we have, the more specifically we can address interested parties and customers, however there are many who are unhappy with how their own data is used and on occasion abused. The collection of customer data will not come to an end tomorrow when the general data protection regulation finally comes into force. However, many of the rules have been in place in some European countries for years and local companies have already complied with them when handling data. However, consumers and users now have an easier time asserting their rights to their personal data and can have a say in how companies should handle their data, which they may collect, store, transmit to them or to other companies or demand deleted - even beyond the borders of Europe.

Secure in times of efail?

Next to thriftiness in the collection and processing of data, companies are also required to protect them from misuse and risk. Encryption methods help here. But how can secure transport succeed in times of efail? One answer could be to use a technology that avoids passing through several servers on the Internet when sending sensitive data. Wouldn’t it be much smarter to keep the data worthy of protection within your own IT infrastructure, encrypted, of course and to inform the recipient by e-mail that information is available for them to retrieve? The shared secret or password that the recipient would need to gai access could be given to them personally or by phone. This procedure already exists. It's called Cryptshare. If you want to see how the recipient can directly open and retrieve a confidential message with it, watch this short video.

Too big and without an audit trail?

In addition, the process offers two further advantages. Firstly, the possibility to send files in the gigabyte range and secondly, to be able to track the transmission and reception. With Cryptshare, the data is stored on the company's own server or that of a hosting partner, allowing large volumes of data to be exchanged. A limit can still be set by the administrator. Because the system logs all dispatch and receipt processes completely, anomalies during data exchange can be quickly detected and traced. Cryptshare minimizes potential points of attack when exchanging data on the Internet and significantly increases the security of communication. And all this with the simplest of handling for the users.

Companies that collect customer data sparingly and take care of the security of the data collected can look forward to tomorrow with peace of mind. If you do not yet have your data security under control, you can test the secure exchange of files via the Internet here at any time free of charge.