What is GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new data protection regulation that will replace Europe's existing Data Protection Directive. GDPR was agreed and adopted in 2016 and came into effect on 25 May 2018.
GDPR seeks to make data protection regulations more relevant, comprehensive and unified. It affects every accounting firm (and company) in the world that processes personal data about people in the European Union.
GDPR was a significant change, but it is a great opportunity for you to assess your firm's current data processing activities and ensure you are protecting your client's data appropriately.
At a high level, GDPR requires the following of your accounting firm:
Demonstrable compliance: you are required to document and be able to show how you comply with data protection requirements
Enhanced client rights: new data protection rights for individuals (your clients) will be introduced, including their right to obtain and reuse personal data, and the right of erasure
Privacy design: you must implement technical and organisational measures to demonstrate you have considered and integrated data compliance measures into your data processing activities
Is Karbon GDPR compliant?
We take our responsibilities under GDPR seriously and have ensured that we are GPDR-compliant.
Karbon customers can export their clients, contacts and work items from the Karbon app. All emails are already stored with their email provider
On request, all data can be erased from a Karbon account at any point
If there is a need to erase data for specific contact or client, Karbon customers are able to do this themselves. For the erasure of multiple contacts, customer support is able to perform bulk deletions on request
Karbon will notify all EU customers of a data breach within 72 hours of it coming to our attention
Karbon has 256-bit website encryption. OAuth is used for Microsoft Office365 or Exchange customers, and Google Apps authentication is used for Google Business users
Articles 33 & 33a — Internal audits
Karbon conducts regular internal audits with an outside provider
Article 35 — All companies need to appoint a data protection officer
The data protection officer of Karbon is John Freeman
Currently, we do not store data in the EU, and in fact, this isn’t required under GDPR
Karbon data is stored in the USA at Microsoft's California data center and is transferred ensuring "appropriate safeguards" are in place and that the transfer of personal data is compliant with article 46
When we process EU customer data in other territories, like the United States of America or Australia, we also ensure "appropriate safeguards" are in place that is prescribed by GDPR – i.e., by entering into the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses with the entity the data is transferred to, or by ensuring the entity is Privacy Shield certified (for transfers to US-based entities)
You can get more helpful information on GDPR from: