The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect starting May 25, 2018. Another reason of concern why clients need to seriously think about converting their Visual FoxPro application to modern .NET application to comply with GDPR. GDPR is a new law enacted by the European Union (EU) to strengthen and unify data protection. This new law is not only binding on all companies in the EU, but also the ones that sell goods or services to EU individuals or have employees in EU. A lot needs to be done by affected companies to fully meet the objectives that include: documenting all data processes; establishing fail-safe steps; and increasing levels of data security.
Fully complying with GDPR will be hard to achieve with an existing VFP database that contains personal data, which can be easily read by any text editor as there is no direct way to encrypt. We at Macrosoft thought about the GDPR challenges and have come up with a two-pronged strategy:
(1) for an interim period, comply with GDPR rules as much as possible given the VFP application, and
(2) at the same time begin engaging in the conversion of the VFP application.
This combination of activities, during an interim period will demonstrate good faith effort of a company trying to move toward compliance.