How to make sure that your Traffic Solution is GDPR-ready
GDPR – WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT
No wonder GDPR is such a buzzword nowadays in the ANPR business: the toughest penalties the Automated Number Plate Recognition industry has ever seen for breaking Data Protection regulations make everyone extremely alert. The maximum fine is up to € 20,000,000 – or 4% of the annual worldwide turnover of the previous financial year (whichever is higher). A drawback of this magnitude can easily break a company’s future.
Every ANPR or Intelligent Traffic System which partly or fully operates in the European Union is massively affected. To prove that, we just need to see how GDPR defines personal data. Personal Data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Any identifier such as a location data, a photo or an identification number (such as a license plate in many countries) must be handled within the GDPR regulations. In other words, exactly the same kind of data that is captured by a smart traffic solution.
A NO-SWEAT GDPR-COMPLIANT ANPR SYSTEM
Although GDPR is quite frightening at first glance, it is not an impossible task to implement a no-sweat, GDPR-ready ANPR or Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The key is to use building blocks which are already GDPR-compliant. The theory is simple: when you use products in your project that observe effective GDPR regulations, then the whole system as a unit will be GDPR-compliant. Your task is only to provide an equally up-to-standard environment. Let’s say that you would like to implement an automated access control system for your brand-new parking lot. You would like to have an overview picture of the car where the driver is visible, which means your application definitely handles personal data, so you must meet GDPR regulations. If your ANPR camera and your server are GDPR-ready, then you don’t have to worry about any GDPR related fines.
TURN STRICT REGULATIONS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE
We at ARH have always kept data privacy as a high priority – our products were already compliant with the current criteria, even prior to GDPR. Our ANPR cameras encrypt the data in such a way that it can only be read by the exact same device. Also, every result is uploaded through an encrypted channel, keeping your sensitive data safe and secure. The HTTPs remote interface is a safe way to easily search and remove any individual result from the camera subsequently, if this is requested. The bottom line is that, we proudly offer you a GDPR-ready traffic solution: a building block worth incorporating in your traffic system.