We are all getting sick and tired of hearing about the GDPR. Everyone seems to be writing on this. Every consultancy has lists of steps they recommend, and every vendor articulates why their tech is the one to buy to help you get compliant. Even CTOvision has done our share of writing on this very important topic to help provide context on meeting GDPR requirements in the most efficient way possible (see What The Board Needs To Know About GDPR and EU New Data Rules).
Additionally, like everyone else, we have been bombarded with notices from vendors and tech providers and ecommerce companies telling us about their new policy changes asking us to reconfirm what country we are in or that we are ok with new ways they handle their data. These are all contributing to an overall numbing of the senses regarding GDPR. But I just read a GDPR related note that made me pause and smile and read it again. Wickr sent a note out articulating what they have changed in preparations for GDPR. In their words, “we have not changed a thing.” Ha! I loved reading that. Their refreshing note then went on to explain this is because they designed privacy into Wickr from the very beginning.
Here is how they put it:
We are exactly a week away from the European Data Protection Regulation coming into force. While many companies are racing against the clock to make significant changes to how they protect your data, the Wickr team wanted to use this opportunity to share our data privacy practices and remind you that Wickr has been private by design from its very inception. For that reason, we have not changed a thing in how we protect your most critical private communications on Wickr Me or Wickr Pro. We did update our policies to provide additional transparency on the data safeguards we have in place and how you can control your content.
They went on to explain more clearly some key privacy safeguards in Wickr, including the fact that the data you send through the app cannot be read by anyone at Wickr or anyone else. This includes messages, files, calls, screensharing, video. All of this is encrypted between the sender and intended receivers.
I use Wickr every single day. I also recommend it to enterprise clients. It is a way to help reduce the chance of breach of a critically important class of data, real time messaging and collaboration. It is also important for incident responders to use since it makes it much harder for the bad guys to know what you are doing to counter their actions.
For more, including information on the free version of Wickr, see: Wickr.com
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