Telefónica's cyber security unit ElevenPaths is offering compliance with the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) regulations nearly a year before they come into force, in what it claims is an industry first.

The subsidiary’s SandaS GRC platform, which helps organisations to manage and visualise security information, now includes a privacy module that complies with GDPR.

Although ElevenPaths did not specify what was offered in the module, the regulation introduces the right to be forgotten and the need for "clear and affirmative consent" to the processing of private data.

It also includes a requirement for companies affected by a data breach to tell customers within 72 hours and provides the right to transfer data to another service provider.

The European Parliament gave final approval to the GDPR legislation in April 2016.

It will come into force from 25 May 2018, aiming to update and harmonise consumer data protection procedures across the continent, replacing the current data protection directive dating back to 1995.

It applies to all companies offering services in the EU, while those failing to comply could face a fine of up to four percent of their annual global turnover.

In January, the European Commission proposed new measures that will extend existing telecoms regulation around privacy to all electronic communication providers, including the likes of WhatsApp and Skype.

ElevenPaths also announced that it had introduced integration between OpenNAC from OpenCloud Factory and its own Mobile Connect to provide authenticated access to Wi-Fi networks through users’ phone numbers.

It also introduced mASAPP, which provides a real-time view of the security status of company mobile apps.

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