Outsourced Privacy Engineering Team

 

If your IT product is aimed at the European market, you may have the following questions:

 

  1. During the development process, you realized that the product doesn't comply with the strict rules of the European Union or the marketplace for working with personal data. This is the risk of a huge multimillion-dollar fine, non-admission or ban of the app in marketplaces, a drop in the company's value, loss of customers, and damage to reputation. And you need to change something urgently, without bringing it to the final stage of development, otherwise, it will be too late and you will just have to close the project, losing the invested funds and time.
  2. You don't start development because you don't know which of the many GDPR requirements apply to your product. Because of this, deadlines are disrupted, and each month of delay means lost profits and opportunities.
  3. You are trying to build privacy into the product, but you are acting at random and are not sure of the effectiveness of your solutions. You may be doing extra work or complicating things that can be made easier. You may have to make changes and incur unplanned losses. Will the product be as profitable for you as it was before?
  4. You are a customer of the application site and hope that due to contractual conditions, the developer will embed privacy into the product "turnkey", but don't know how to make a specification so that it complies with GDPR, or don't know how to perform acceptance testing of the product, to ensure full compliance of the product GDPR.
  5. You want to win or have already won the dream tender, but the client sent you a questionnaire with questions about GDPR and Privacy by design and you don't know how to answer correctly, how to prepare for the annual audit of the client, or whether your product meets the requirements of the tender.
  6. Users often request their data or ask to delete their data. You respond to everyone on time, but users contact the regulatory authorities with a complaint that you have stored their data for too long or unreasonably.
  7. You are a developer and have found a dream job/contract, but the requirement is knowledge and experience in applying GDPR or Privacy by design.

Of course, you can figure out everything yourself, become an expert and consult your company, but relying on our experience, it will be a thorny way of trial and error for several years.

 

If it is important for you to create or modify a product that is friendly to privacy and complies with GDPR in a high-quality and short time, then our outsourced Privacy Engineering Team is ready to solve this problem.

 


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PETeam - this is a team formed by a certified GDPR expert, an engineer (SOFTWARE architect), and, if necessary, one or more programmers. All you need to do a test of the work and implement solutions.


What tasks does PETeam solve?

  1. Software audits (at the stage of current or planned implementation). It helps you formulate a clear list of requirements (the corresponding section of the terms of reference) that relate specifically to your product, thereby saving you from unnecessary work and unproductive actions.
  2. Effectively interacts with project stakeholders and contributes to the implementation of GDPR in the software and, if necessary and at your request, makes improvements to your code.
  3. Tests the knowledge of your employees and passes them all the necessary knowledge and skills for further independent support.
  4. Advises your specialists and formulates tasks for changes and improvements to comply with the GDPR.
  5. Configures product development processes in terms of personal data protection.
  6. Audits and acceptance testing of  the product for compliance with the GDPR.
  7. (option) Creates and trains a similar Privacy Engineering Team within your company that can further implement privacy in all your future products.

What are the advantages of our team?

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Competence
Our experts have international certificates and experience. There are already a lot of developments in solving atypical problems with minimal losses.
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Reliability
We guarantee the quality and correctness of our work in terms of compliance with GDPR requirements. And we can prove these words by putting our handwriting.
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Experience
Our developer/privacy engineer has experience and knowledge in implementing GDPR at the technical level. This is about the code and architecture of the product.

What happens after you contact us?

Step 1.

Make a product audit: determine the need and Possibility of PETeam intervention. For example, we looked at a small product and made an expert assessment: 1) changes are necessary and possible, 2) you do not need changes, 3) it is cheaper to rewrite it from scratch.

Step 2.

If we have decided to join your project, our team is Onboarding. Study the goal, processes, architecture, style, design, data flows and processing, and get familiar with the development methodology in the team. We select personal data in the data model, where and how it is stored and processed.

Step 3.

Planning for improvements. Developing a list of tasks (scope), stages, blocks, evaluating them, and planning sprints.

Step 4.

Participation in development as part of a team, consulting, meetings, brainstorming. Participation in the testing and finalization of the product.

Step 5.

Final product audit, acceptance testing, and report preparation.

 


Results: process optimization( workflow), adding the required functionality (automating the implementation of subject rights, configuring system rules for data deletion, developing customized documentation (privacy notice, check boxes, cookie banner, DPA, SCC, Declaration of GDPR compliance, etc.), your team gains experience and knowledge to implement the following projects and tasks.


 

Price

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The cost is formed based on the audit results. Payment is made monthly for the team and completed tasks.

You may still have these questions:

Will we need to rewrite our product from scratch?

The chances are extremely low but for sure this will become clear in the course of the first audit. We have cases when it seemed that we would have to refuse the product or rewrite it from scratch, but we found simple and creative solutions and “saved” the created product.

Also, we don't remake the product if the errors in it have a minimal level of risk, and you can put up with them. We will inform you about all the shortcomings and their level of risk so that you can make an informed decision about which changes should be implemented in the end, and which ones are optional.

Why invite your developer if we have our own?

If you have a lot of employees and there are no product launch deadlines, you can devote a year or two to improving the skills of employees, hiring an external GDPR consultant, and searching for the optimal technical solution by brute force.

However, if it is important for you to do the work effectively and in a short time, you will agree that it's easier to take a team that already has the experience and knows exactly what to do and how to do it. All our developers have the experience in implementing GDPR at the technical level (privacy engineer).

How do you guarantee the protection of our trade secrets and know-how of our developments?

We assume legal obligations by signing non-disclosure and non-compete agreements. We are also ready to consider working on your devices and in your offices.

Is it expensive?

It depends on what you compare it to. This is cheaper than paying a fine, rewriting the entire product, ceding the EU market to competitors. Although, of course, your investment will be less if you just train your employees and start acting independently or sometimes consult with an external expert.

As a rule, it will be more expensive to do this on your own (train employees, find non-compliance with Regulations, choose a suitable solution, conduct an audit) than to hire our team.

We invite only competent, experienced specialists with a unique specialization who have a high value in the labor market to join our team.

By inviting our PETeam, you invest in high-quality work and guaranteed results within the planned time frame. It's up to you to decide how valuable it is to you.

Why don't you have a tester in your team and need to involve our one?

Because your tester has the knowledge about the product and it is quite expensive to transfer this knowledge. Therefore, to ensure the best quality, we recommend using your tester.

What guarantees do you give for GDPR compliance and compliance with all the requirements?

We conduct a final audit and sign a report that can be shown to supervisors and partners. The audit is conducted by professionals from Data Privacy Office LLC who are internationally certified and did not participate in the development team.

You can also order an audit from a third-party company, and if they reveal clear violations of the Regulations, we are ready to eliminate them at our own expense.

How do you guarantee that you won't “break " our product or some of its features?

We are ready to work in a separate branch without having full access to the entire product.

We do an internal Code Review. Also, we ask you to allocate employees for external Code Review.

Embedding GDPR in our product can change the business model, reduce monetization, data analysis, and marketing effectiveness. How can you help avoid this?

A unique feature of our company: if there is a way to balance the requirements of privacy and financial interests of the customer, we know it and will offer it to you. Besides, we will coordinate with the project stakeholders all the tasks that will be set in preparation for embedding GDPR in your product.

How can you guarantee that the work will be completed on time?

We bring together a team of experienced and competent specialists who have experience in performing a variety of tasks. This allows them to give the most adequate assessment of the deadlines.

In each sprint, we demonstrate completed tasks. We will also give you access to our team's Burning Down Chart.

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