Some of the main points are;
But don’t worry, there are benefits to GDPR.
Anyone allowing you to have or keep their data are genuinely interested in your company and/or products.
Data subjects can update their data at any time, so they help you keep your database clean with both correct information and interested prospects.
No more friction at data subjects side about your company using their personal data. They know what, why, where, how and how long you will store their data, and have the right to be forgotten by your company. Leading to more trust between them and your company, and better long-term relationships.
We all like trust, but studies show that leads are more likely to buy products/solutions from companies they trust. Take advantage!
Redaction or the removal of sensitive or personal data is a big point of discussion when talking about the GDPR. iText's pdfSweep offers you many tools to apply redaction to a PDF file.
This tool offers more than the classic "black bar" approach, when pdfSweep redacts a file it does a deep removal, meaning that the redacted content will actually be removed entirely from the file.
pdfSweep offers a few ways to do this, by offering the classic API in which you define areas to be redacted or the more recent feature to allow redaction based on regex patterns.
PDF isn't an easy format to parse or to find a certain phrase. To solve that, iText has a powerful extraction API.
This API allows you to not only retrieve PDF content and its coordinates, but also all kinds of metadata associated with the PDF content, e.g. which font, font size, color, tagging, ... is used on a certain piece of text.
This allows the user to do a thorough analysis of their documents, which supports them in their data retrieval process.
The GDPR also talks about securing data. Encryption is a way (if not the way) to secure your PDF files and data.
iText allows you to encrypt your PDFs using industry standard algorithms and practices. This feature is well tested and well documented on our web site.
The PDF standard allows you to add metadata to your PDF files. If your PDFs contain data on data subjects, it might be a good idea to mark these PDFs with an identifier. This can be done in the metadata of the document.
iText 7 Core has several ways of adding metadata to a file and it also allows you to easily change, read, and delete metadata from a file.
iText has always been a champion of PDF standard compliancy. And as such we support PDF/A and PDF/UA. These rely on a PDF structure known as Tagged PDF.
In a nutshell, this is adding semantic information on the content of a PDF file, so that a viewer or processor knows what the content is he is processing.
This construct can also be customized to your workflow meaning you could add markers in PDF files to indicate where personal data is located. This in turn can be leveraged when using text extraction for easy retrieval of marked data.
VI. POWERFUL API
The power of iText lies in its easy to use API https://developers.itextpdf.com/apis. It hides a lot of the PDF standard from its users and it offers a document model system.
But underneath there is an API that allows a user to finetune everything in a PDF file, this is known as the "low level API". We made the conscious choice to offer both ways to create and manipulate PDF files. This low level API enables the power user to fully customize a PDF file to their needs.
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