At a regular scheduled educational seminar the Top Cat Rating team discussed theoretical foundations, features and practice of applying the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This event was held on October 29, 2020 with the aim of improving information security skills and tools. The main issue on the agenda was to consider the Guidelines 07/2020 on the concept of controller and processor in the GDPR. Another topic for discussion consisted in increasing importance of personal data protection in connection with a significant growth of the IT market during the coronavirus pandemic.
The modern information space requires strict compliance with the requirements of official IT security protocols, and in particular, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which applies in 28 countries of the European Union. This document provides residents of the EU member states with understandable and effective tools to control their personal data on the Internet. In particular, it is about the ability to create such data, receive it, correct it at your discretion, restrict access to it, and, if necessary, delete it.
The GDPR officially entered into force on May 25, 2018, and the Top Cat Rating team assumed a voluntary obligation to comply with all its principles and requirements from the very beginning. Despite the fact that Top Cat is a Russian company, the Rating covers a number of countries, including those belonging to the European Union and, accordingly, falling under the General Data Protection Regulation. One of the main features of this document is its extraterritorial scope, which means that it shall not only apply to the territory of the EU, but also regulate responsibilities of the companies that process personal data of EU citizens and residents in the course of their activities, regardless of where such organizations are actually located.
However, the main incentive for Top Cat to assume the obligation to comply with the Regulation is its responsibility towards each member of the Rating, wherever he/she resides. Indeed, only proper understanding and practical implementation of international standards can build a foundation for a responsible attitude to personal data in the information environment, which is the only acceptable behavioral pattern in the modern world.
Following the recommendation of WHO, local health organisations and administrations, and considering carefully the possibility of receiving participants from some Asian and European countries,
we have decided to postpone the International Top Cat awards to September 26-27th of this year.
Show hosting software is now officially separated from Top Cat.
Every club now has its own, proprietary cat database, separate from Top Cat.
Only show applications sent via Top Cat mobile app or web interface are ranked, as per GDPR requirements.
If a club chooses to use its own show software - it is necessary for them to accept Top Cat applications from users willing to participate in the rating.
If a manager chooses to manually add a cat application, even if its owner has a confirmed profile, a separate data entity is generated and the Top Cat profile receives no points, as it is separate from the Show Office profile.