Protection of personal data on the Internet

Keeping personal data confidential on the Internet is a real challenge. User data is extracted, stored or analysed by many people, some of whom have no connection with these users.

As a reminder, here is the definition of personal data according to Law No. 78-17 of 6 January 1978 on data processing, data files and individual liberties, entitled “Data processing and individual liberties”: “personal data is any information relating to an identified natural person or who can be identified, directly or indirectly, by reference to an identification number or to one or more elements specific to him”.

Personal and confidential data is exposed to risks related to its use in databases and directories or for electronic commerce: these generate data traffic. Similarly, online forms and electronic signatures cause confusion for users, caused by an imbalance between the merchant and the Internet user. Finally, personal data on the Internet is subject to risks related to new marketing methods (spamming, cookies, .log files), and of course to data piracy.

As a user it is essential to be aware that everything that is published on the Internet is likely to be preserved. Thus, it is useful to put in place computer or physical measures adapted to the sensitivity of the data processed and the risks to third parties in the event of a breach. Similarly, before publishing data on the Internet, it is essential to check the reliability of the source and the general terms of use.


Some details about the GDPR

On 25 May 2018, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations, Regulation (EU) 2016/679) entered into force. Since then, this European regulation has offered individuals important rights that highlight their safety. For example, consumers can now request access to data held by an organization to correct, delete or transfer to another company.

The GDPR reinforces the obligation to inform, and transparency towards the persons whose data is processed. Anyone who has previously collected personal data has a legal obligation to protect it.

Thus, persons whose data is processed by a third party (customers, employees, service providers, etc.) have rights over their data. These are reinforced by the GDPR: right of access, rectification, opposition, deletion, portability and limitation of processing. The latter aim to ensure the protection of Internet users’ data, but also to prohibit exploitation without consent.


Easy ways to secure your data

Beyond this approach to the overall level of security proposed by the GDPR, there are other more accessible ways to secure personal data on a daily basis.

On one hand, the use of secure local access is essential. This involves using an Internet connection from a server within a restricted geographical area to secure the distribution of your data. That’s why IPzen has included a continuous backup service for your data in two different datacenters.

On the other hand, data protection requires the implementation of a procedure for recovering and backing up data in the event of an incident. From a security point of view, it is also important not to miss the updates of different software, firewall or antivirus.

Finally, access to personal information is controlled by passwords: user accounts must be protected by passwords of sufficient complexity and updated regularly to avoid any breach.


Each IPzen client has its own dedicated virtual server in our cloud space: there is no risk of confusion between user’s data.

IPzen is a centralized and intuitive file management solution that allows you to group your files in one place and save time. This management tool supports you in protecting your data thanks to its simple and intuitive platform!

Would you like to know more about it? Request your demonstration by email at: contact@ipzen.local

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