Manchester-based data analytics firm Peak has launched a new AI and machine learning-powered solution to help businesses become and remain GDPR compliant.

The new regulation on data protection and privacy will come into play on 25 May 2018, with businesses facing hefty fines if they don’t adhere to the new rules and best practices of GDPR.

Peak says its new subscription-based solution  can help companies from any industry conduct data protection impact assessments (DPIAs), which are mandatory under the new law.

It works by initially dividing personal data into categories based on factors such as sensitivity, security and personal identification. Peak's artificial intelligence algorithms then classify the data and perform a risk assessment, identifying GDPR risk exposure and measuring risk impact.

Once data has been profiled, it is presented in a personalised dashboard, highlighting high, medium and low risk data fields on an ongoing basis. The process is then repeated regularly to ensure data is remains consistently GDPR-compliant.

"Translating the key definitions and concepts of GDPR into an actionable strategy is one of the biggest challenges currently facing businesses," said Peak chief executive Richard Potter (pictured below).

Potter

"It’s not just about taking steps to become compliant, it’s going the extra mile to make sure your data continuously remains in line with GDPR in the future.

"We understand that large companies still work with legacy systems and collect data from different sources which will make it difficult to become GDPR compliant. With this in mind, we’ve developed this solution to analyse all of that data in one quick assessment to save time and money, while also evidencing best practice compliance."

Peak worked with independent data protection expert Julian Parkin to develop the solution.

He said: "What's exciting about Peak's AI-driven GDPR compliance platform is its bespoke discovery and monitoring capabilities. It will undoubtedly be used to drive down costs in the discovery phase and data protection impact assessments, as well as being critical to continued compliance."

This development comes after Peak secured £2.5m in Series A investment in late 2017 to fund the company’s ongoing developments in machine learning and AI technologies.

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