General Data Protection Regulation

May 14, 2018 by JT Johnson

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation by which the European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, and the European Commission intend to improve data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).

Weather Decision Technologies, Inc. (WDT) is aware of new GDPR requirements and restrictions and will be fully compliant with GDPR when it comes into effect on May 25, 2018.

To that end, some of the key actions we’ve taken to ensure compliance include:

Data Protection Officer
Appointment of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) to ensure that our policies and practices remain in compliance going forward and that we embrace a policy of data protection by design and by default.

Personally Identifiable Information
A complete review of our policies and practices surrounding storage of customer data to ensure that any Personally Identifiable Information (PII) is kept in a way that enables us to comply with the rights of individuals as provided under the GDPR.

Terms of Service
Updates to our Terms of Service to further clarify that our customers comply with the requirement to disclose WDT as a 3rd party data processor of their data. While this has always been a requirement of our Terms of Service, this is especially important under the new GDPR regulations.

Privacy Policy
Updates to our privacy policy to make it clear how we follow industry standards and work with third parties in matters requiring PII be collected and stored. 

JT Johnson

As Chief Technology Officer, JT Johnson leads WDT’s development, research, operations and technical support teams for all weather systems and services. Before co-founding WDT, JT was Team Lead of severe weather algorithm development for the FAA and NEXRAD Program and Project Manager at the National Severe Storms Laboratory (NSSL) for 13 years. For a 20-month stint as the Science and Operations Officer in the National Weather Service Olympic Weather Support Office for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games, JT was responsible for ensuring that the leading edge of the science of weather and communications capabilities were utilized to support the Olympic Games weather support effort. JT has written numerous journal articles particularly about radar-based severe weather detection and prediction tools as well as conference papers on severe weather analytics generation. JT has given dozens of technical presentations a weather and technology conferences and been the lead author on WDTʼs seven granted patents.