GDPR in the Air Freight sector
For those in the air cargo industry, this new EU regulation poses a unique set of challenges owing to the huge volume of documents that you handle in your day-to-day operations.
Whether these are flight manifests, proof of delivery documents, or airway bills, you already know about the sprawl of this data resulting from complex operational and legacy issues. What you also need to know is that any document, paper or digital, that contains information which can identify an individual, name, photo, email, bank details or even an IP address, will all be considered as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) and therefore within scope of the GDPR.
Recent conversations with industry operators about the impact of the GDPR, at a meeting of the Association of Freight Software Suppliers and at the Air Cargo Handling Conference in Budapest, have continually reverted to questions about optimising processes, data consent and retention, and the new roles of data protection officer, processor and controller.
There is no single GDPR-proof process or system for handling, storing and retrieving incoming data. Policy and procedures alone are vital, but they are not a silver bullet. The main hurdle is overcoming technological challenges to achieve data enablement, risk reduction and process optimisation.
As an IT services and solutions provider, here at Transputec we’ve developed software in collaboration with air freight industry experts that can provide you with the tools needed to deal with data sprawl and storage, and also enhance cyber security functions to keep that data safe.
GDPR Day is now less than six months away. But don’t forget that you need to be compliant on day one. So GDPR Deadline Day is actually today if you want to be ready in time.
Director of Business Development
This article first appeared in Freight Industry Times, January 2018.