GDPR compliance – securing your data with SSL certificate on your website

Secure Socket Layer (SSL) is a computer protocol that enables secure communications over computer networks. SSL encryption is key to keeping sensitive information secure while it is passed over the internet.

You can easily see whether a website you are using has an SSL certificate by looking in the address bar. If the address is the prefix “HTTPS://” then there is encryption in place.

The GDPR states:

“If you are storing personal data, or transmitting it over the internet, we recommend that you use encryption and have a suitable policy in place, taking account of the residual risks involved.” (ICO., 2018).

Without SSL encryption, hackers can read the data packets exchanged with the domain as plain text, and if you are collecting personally identifiable information via your website without SSL encryption, this is a breach of GDPR.

Should you have any further questions in regard to GDPR or SSL certificate then please do not hesitate to contact us on kamila@octagontech.com or 01522 797520. We are happy to help.

Kamila & Michael

 

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