9 Ways AWS Helps You Achieve GDPR Compliance

Blocksurvey blog author
Apr 3, 2024 · 4 mins read

Today, data protection is more than just a buzzword—it is an essential element for business across the globe. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect on May 25, 2018, in the European Union, has set a new standard for data protection. This regulation impacts not only European companies but also any business dealing with EU residents' data.

As organizations strive to align with GDPR's requirements, cloud service providers have become pivotal in facilitating compliance. Among these providers, Amazon Web Services (AWS) stands out for its comprehensive suite of tools and services designed to help customers meet GDPR obligations.

In this blog, we'll explore the multifaceted ways in which AWS aids businesses in navigating GDPR compliance and ensuring data protection.

Let’s look into AWS tools & services that falls into each of the following.

  • Data Security
  • Data Privacy
  • Compliance Enabler
  • Breach Notification
  • Data Processing Agreement
  • Data Subject Rights
  • Documentation Support
  • Partner Ecosystem
  • Certification Program

Data Security

AWS Key Management Service (KMS) enables customers to create and manage encryption keys. It helps to secure data storage in AWS services like Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) or Amazon EBS (Elastics Block Store). KMS supports both client-side & server-side encryption by facilitating the encryption of data both during transfer and at rest.

AWS Certificate Manager (ACM) simplifies the management of SSL/TLS certificates used to secure network communications and establish the identity of websites over the internet.

AWS Trusted Advisor provides recommendations to reduce cost, increase performance, and improve security posture.

AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF) offer protection against DDoS attacks and help to secure applications from common web exploits that could affect application availability, compromise security, or consume excessive resources.

Data Privacy

AWS Identity & Access Management (IAM) allows granular control over who can access AWS resources & services. This ensures that only authorized users can access sensitive data. This is aligned with the GDPR's principle of least privilege and helps in maintaining the confidentiality and integrity of personal data.

AWS allows customers to control where their data is stored by choosing the region(s) in which their data is hosted. This is crucial for compliance with GDPR's data sovereignty requirements.

Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC) provides a logically isolated section of the AWS cloud where customers can launch AWS resources in a virtual network they define. This isolation helps ensure that data is not exposed to unauthorized entities.

Compliance Enabler

AWS adheres to internationally recognized compliance standards, demonstrating its commitment to security and compliance best practices that support GDPR requirements.

AWS offers tools such as AWS Config and AWS Shield, which help in managing compliance postures. and protecting against cyber threats. These tools assist organizations in maintaining a secure compliant environment for personal data, as required by GDPR policies.

AWS Artifact is your go-to, central resource for compliance-related information that matters to you. It provides on-demand access to AWS' compliance reports.

Breach Notification

AWS has processes in place to detect security incidents and notify customers promptly. This supports GDPR's requirement for timely breach notification.

Services like AWS CloudTrail and AWS CloudWatch enables logging and monitoring capabilities. This enables to track and monitor access to personal data. This aids in detecting and responding to potential privacy breaches or unauthorized access incidents, in line with GDPR requirements.

Data Processing Agreement

A data processing agreement — also called a data processing addendum or DPA — is a legal contract in which you determine the rights and obligations of the parties involved in data processing.

AWS offers customers a GDPR-compliant Data Processing Addendum (DPA) that incorporates AWS's commitments to GDPR, ensuring that data processing by AWS as a data processor meets GDPR standards.

Amazon CloudFront with SSL/TLS encryption ensures secure delivery of data, videos, applications, and APIs to customers globally with high transfer speeds.

Data Subject Rights

AWS services offer capabilities that support GDPR's data subject rights, including the right to access and the right to be forgotten. Organizations can use AWS services to easily locate, access, and, if necessary, delete personal data, facilitating compliance with these Data Subject Rights GDPR provisions.

Amazon Relational Database (RDS) can be used to manage data in ways that comply with these data subject rights.

Documentation Support

AWS provides extensive documentation, whitepapers, and best practices guides to help customers understand how to implement GDPR requirements. This includes information on specific AWS services and features that can be used to enhance privacy and data protection.

GDPR center is a comprehensive resource that offers an overview of GDPR and how AWS can help customers comply with the regulation.

Partner Ecosystem

AWS has a vast network of partners that offer solutions and services to help customers achieve GDPR compliance. These partners can provide additional support and specialized services to address specific compliance needs.

AWS Partner Resources helps you transforms the Partner Experience to Drive Greater Customer Value and Partner Profitability.

Through the AWS Partner Network, customers can access a wide range of solutions and services designed to assist with GDPR compliance, from data mapping and assessment to encryption and security monitoring.

Certification Program

AWS undergoes several independent third-party certifications and audits to demonstrate compliance with a wide range of privacy and security standards, including those relevant to GDPR.

AWS repository of compliance programs contains international standard certification programs required by regulation and privacy laws.


Achieving GDPR compliance is a significant challenge that requires meticulous planning. Amazon Web Services (AWS) offers an array of services that empower businesses to address GDPR requirements effectively.

By leveraging AWS's GDPR compliance features organizations can comply with the GDPR and strengthen their overall data protection posture.

AWS's commitment to security, privacy, and compliance, exemplified through its GDPR-compliant data processing agreements, certifications, and third-party audits, makes it an invaluable partner in the journey towards GDPR compliance.

As data protection laws continue to evolve, partnering with AWS enables businesses to stay ahead in the compliance game, ensuring they are well-prepared to protect their customers' data. Ultimately, GDPR compliance is not just about meeting regulatory requirements—it's about fostering a culture of data protection that benefits everyone.

9 Ways AWS Helps You Achieve GDPR Compliance FAQ

How does AWS help with GDPR compliance?

AWS provides tools and services to help customers securely store, process, and manage personal data in accordance with GDPR requirements.

Can AWS help with data encryption and security?

Yes, AWS offers encryption services and security features to help protect data and comply with GDPR regulations.

Does AWS provide tools for data access control?

Yes, AWS offers identity and access management tools to help customers control who can access their data and comply with GDPR requirements.

How does AWS help with data portability and deletion?

AWS provides tools for data portability and deletion, helping customers comply with GDPR regulations regarding data availability and erasure.

Can AWS assist with data breach notification requirements?

Yes, AWS offers tools and services to help customers detect and respond to data breaches in a timely manner, as required by GDPR regulations.

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Sarath Shyamson

Sarath Shyamson is the customer success person at BlockSurvey and also heads the outreach. He enjoys volunteering for the church choir.


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