We’re All in the Same Boat…
No wonder GDPR is such a buzzword nowadays in the ANPR business. The toughest penalties the automated number plate recognition (ANPR) industry has ever seen for breaking data protection regulations make everyone extremely alert. The maximum fine is up to € 20,000,000 – or 4% of the annual worldwide turnover of the previous financial year – whichever is higher. A drawback of this magnitude can easily break a company’s future.
The rules massively affect every ANPR or Intelligent Traffic System (ITS) that partly or fully operates in the European Union. To prove that, we just need to see how GDPR defines personal data. According to the EU regulations, personal data is any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. Any identifier such as location data, a photo, or an identification number (i.e., a license plate) needs handling that meets the GDPR regulations. In other words, exactly the same kind of data smart traffic solutions capture.
A No-Sweat GDPR-Compliant ANPR System
Granted, GDPR is quite frightening at first glance. Still, it’s more than possible to implement a no-sweat ANPR or Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) that is compliant with the relevant laws. The key is to use building blocks that are already GDPR-compliant. Simply put, products that fully comply with GDPR make the whole system compliant as well. Your task is only to provide an equally up-to-standard environment.
Let’s say that you would like to implement an automated access control system for your brand-new parking lot. You want an overview of the car with the driver visible, which means your application definitely handles personal data. In other words, you must meet the EU’s data privacy regulations. If your ANPR camera and your server are GDPR-ready, then you don’t have to worry about the fines we talked about earlier.
Turn Strict Regulations to Your Advantage
Adaptive Recognition has always kept data privacy a high priority. Our products were already compliant with the current criteria even prior to GDPR. Our ANPR cameras encrypt data in such a way that it can only be read by the exact same device. Also, every result is uploaded through an encrypted channel, keeping your sensitive data safe and secure. The HTTPS remote interface is a safe way to easily search and remove any individual results from the camera subsequently if this is requested. The bottom line is that we proudly offer you a GDPR-ready traffic solution: a building block worth incorporating into your traffic system.
We hope that this article has been useful for you, especially if you wish to work as a Data Protection Officer.
To seek more information regarding our GDPR-compliant product range, please get in touch with your sales contact or our team.