The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on May 25, 2018, and was designed to modernise laws that protect the personal information of individuals. This regulation brought with it new individual rights giving people some new ammo in their personal data arsenal.
One of those rights is called a subject access request, right to access, sometimes referred to as a SAR or DSAR. We’ve talked in a different post about how you can make a subject access request. In this post we look at what a subject access request is, and how Tap offers a simpler, easier and more secure approach for consumers.
Request and access your personal data data
If you haven’t switched off yet by the term access request, bear with!
Think about it in another way. There’s little bits of yourself (or data) everywhere. From the train you took this morning, to the checkout aisle you went through paying for your shopping. There is a trail of you in every corner of our economy. These breadcrumbs are used to either market to you, track your activity, and can go against you through data misuse or handling. In our connected world, you give away snippets of yourself everyday; there’s a saying on the web – if you’re getting something for free, then you are the product…
An access request essentially gives you (the consumer) the power to know where those snippets of yourself are, who has them, why they have them and request a copy. Under GDPR, you have the legal right to do this all for free!
How Subject Access Requests currently work
So how do you take control of your data? Well, it’s not always straightforward.
Much of the discovery we’re doing at Tap has begun to match research such as this recently published report that showed the majority of privacy policies do not explain what data is shared with whom, and that subject access requests are often delayed or not answered at all.
A data discovery tool for individuals
The Tap app is a discovery tool for individuals to take control of their data. One of the first ways individuals can take control is by finding organisations and sending an access request. Within a few taps individuals are able to send an access request without resorting to insecure or lengthy methods. After all we’ve found most individuals would rather a simple place to do this. We’ve got a guide on how to send a subject access request from our mobile app.
A Subject Data Portal for organisations
Tap provides a platform where you can handle data requests at volume. A secure and safe place to manage SARs. We’ve written about how organisations can respond and handle subject access requests using the Tap portal on our guide.
Talk about Data
Tap provides a secure messaging channel (a bit like Whatsapp) between both organisations and individuals when it comes to subject access requests. Individuals are provided with a secure and easy to use mobile app to send data requests, whilst organisations are able to respond quickly and securely.
Subject access requests don’t have to be laborious and tedious for everyone. Tap offers a quick and simple way to do this and gives organisations and their customers a way communicate effectively and transparently about personal data.