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Implementing Data Protection Regulation via integrations

Javier Alejandro Casella
June 11, 2024


Adapting to the continuously changing realm of data privacy regulations is a major endeavor for businesses in today's world. With new laws and compliance requirements constantly surfacing, it's a continuous task and required to be on forefront all the time.

In this discussion, we'll dive into the practical challenges that data privacy regulations present and how integrations can be a game-changer. 

Problem and Solution

The main concern regarding privacy regulations at the moment is handling individuals' personal data in a way that's not only secure but also fully compliant with the law. This has taken on newfound importance as privacy awareness continues to grow, and new privacy laws crop up worldwide.

The real challenge lies in the ever-evolving landscape of data privacy regulations. Staying up to date with the latest requirements and adjusting our policies and procedures accordingly can be a real head-scratcher, especially for us, the developers who need to implement these changes. And if that's not enough, the complexity can be magnified when our organization operates across different regions, each one with its own set of regulations to navigate.

As part of our ongoing commitment to addressing data privacy concerns and enhancing user experience, we've recently integrated the OneTrust Preference Center into a mobile app in one of our projects. This tool (as well as several other similar integrations we've worked with) equips users with a simple and intuitive way to manage their privacy preferences (as required by the current legislation), tailor their experience, and assert control over their data. 

With the integration of the OneTrust Preference Center, our users now have full control over their data including communication preferences, personal data, and consent settings with ease.

Through the tool, we ensure compliance with various data privacy regulations, including the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and others. Users can confidently tailor their preferences, granting or withdrawing consent for data processing, all within a seamless and user-centric experience.

From the technical standpoint, the integration simplifies the gathering and storage of the preferences. First, it takes care of showing the proper options and explanations to the users, complying with the required regulations (Fig. 1). Then, it takes care of storing those preferences in the app permanently. With that assistance, the developers just have to ask the SDK to obtain the user preferences and then act accordingly - for instance, limiting the internal storage information or passing the right parameters to other SDKs as well. If some regulations laws change, the integration will be responsible for impacting the changes on the tool, and the behavior of the application will not be affected. 

Integrations of this type reduces the time to ensure that the app is compliant by implementing the fine-grain legal and regulatory requirements and the core functionality, leaving to the developers the task of ensuring that the app behaves accordingly.

Figure 1. An example of the OneTrust Preference Center instantiation in our app


In this article, we've explored a practical way to ensure data privacy compliance by using a particular integration of many available in the market - OneTrust Preference Center. Our focus has been on making it easy to manage user preferences, data consent, and compliance with different legislation. This solution is simple to use and adaptable. With OneTrust, we protect data while keeping things straightforward, which is essential for building trust and safeguarding our users' privacy.

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