M-Files, a provider of solutions designed to improve how businesses manage documents and other information, now provide offerings to help companies better protect their customers' personal data and adhere to GDPR requirements.

The European Parliament and Council of the European Union in December 2015 approved a final draft of the EU GDPR, backed by the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice & Home Affairs Committee. The EU's GDPR, which will go into effect in May 2018, affects any company that handles the personal data of EU citizens.

M-Files is a highly-scalable and flexible information management solution that enables organizations to better manage personal data and PII by controlling and tracking such information, including that handled by third-party "data processors." With M-Files, organizations can easily implement and enforce policies and processes associated with handling personal information, as well as ensure that employees have completed the associated necessary training.

A critical aspect of GDPR compliance is the ability to quickly demonstrate the steps taken to meet GDPR requirements. M-Files makes this fast and easy with powerful audit and reporting capabilities that allow companies to efficiently produce the documentation and other information necessary to respond to auditors' requests.

"Personal information often resides in a host of different systems, network folders, and other information silos, which makes it even more challenging for companies to control and protect it," said Mika Javanainen, vice president of product management at M-Files Corporation. "M-Files integrates with existing systems and repositories in a manner where information can remain in place, in its original location, without disturbing existing systems and processes. This enables companies to continue to leverage their legacy systems while adding the powerful information management functionality needed to protect personal information and adhere to GDPR requirements."