security protection Surely in recent weeks you have not stopped hearing about
the importance of personal data protection. And is that, as you probably know, on May 25 came into force, in all countries of the European Union, the new General Regulation of Data Protection (GDPR), a community regulation that widely develops the current Spanish legislation on of data protection.
This new regulation, which involves a greater commitment on the part of all individuals, companies and organizations that, within the EU, treat personal data, introduces new obligations for those responsible for data processing and new rights for users, providing special attention to their consent for the use of their data.
Personal information in the network
The use of personal information, both our own and that of third parties, is a common practice in many social relationships: registrations, contracts … And it is even more so in the online world, because in the network we carry out many activities that involve the transfer of personal data: everything we buy and hire on the Internet and what we share daily on social networks, websites, forums and blogs … After all, publications with information, photographs, videos and audios that, in addition to our own information, can get to affect third parties who, on occasion, may not have given their consent for it to be used.
Disseminating data of third parties in the network without your consent, even if we do not do it with malicious intent, may involve legal consequences, so we must be aware of the importance of a good treatment of the data.
To inform about this topic and raise awareness among the population about the effects that their activity on the Internet can generate, the Spanish Agency for Data Protection has prepared a text that includes those behaviors in which the use of personal information through Internet services it can come to represent the commission of a crime. The document Protection of data and Prevention of crimes includes crimes such as the discovery and disclosure of secrets, threats, coercion, harassment, slander and insults, gender violence, crimes against freedom and sexual indemnity, identity theft, hate crimes, scams or computer damage.
n addition to describing the different forms that can present these crimes, the document includes two specific epigraphs with aspects that must be taken into account about “How to avoid committing crimes” and “Tips to avoid being a victim of them”. Likewise, various materials are collected with information for safe navigation and guarantee the exercise of rights in relation to personal information, as well as different resources to which the victims of a crime or an infraction of the data protection regulations can go to obtain information or file a complaint.
The manual is complemented with ten didactic sheets in which they define behaviors such as, among others, sexting, grooming or cyberbullying, and offer information on their consequences, as well as advice on what to do in these situations.
In addition to this document, and considering the increasing use that children and young people make of the Internet, AEPD has also presented two guides: Be legal on the Internet, aimed at young people and Teach them to be legal on the Internet, for family members, teachers and people close to the child, who provide guidelines and useful guidelines in order to prevent minors from committing crimes or favor their commission by third parties without being aware of it.
We can not ignore that the evolution of new technologies and the intensive use of mobile devices, social networks and instant messaging have undoubted advantages for its users, but they have also served as a channel for the proliferation of behaviors that can not only imply a breach of the data protection regulations, but also the commission of a crime, sometimes even without the author becoming aware of it, so it is better to be more careful than ever.
In the market there are more and more products designed to help us to avoid this type of situation. This is the case of MGS Hogar Habitual or Multiauto Selección, which offers home computer assistance as a guarantee, a service with which a group of professionals can advise you on how to protect your privacy, honor and reputation on the Internet.