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Many organizations are concerned about how the European data
privacy law known as GDPR or EU-DSGVO might impact
their day-to-day business especially if they are using cloud business
software. See the video below to get in two minutes an idea on what GDPR is and what you need to consider for your business latest until
May 25th 2018. 

Please be aware that the information provided in this blog should not be considered as legal advice or replace legal counsel for your specific needs.


The powerful capabilities which SAP’s Cloud ERP Business ByDesign provides will help you to execute the GDPR-related data privacy policies your organization might setup. Here is quick overview on what ByDesign offers to support data privacy:

  1. Data Protection & Privacy Work Center for Data Privacy Officers: Allows to disclose and delete personal data across business scenarios including custom add-ons by partners (PDI). Support for all natural persons like private accounts, contacts, internal and external employees and for leads without reference to account master data.
  2. Data Retention Periods: Configure minimal retention periods for key business documents in order to control deletion.
  3. Logging: Change logs and read access logs for special categories of personal data like religion, bank etc.
  4. Marketing permissions: Manage the natural persons consent for marketing communication.
  5. Authorization: Grant and revoke access to data only to users which need the data.
  6. More information: Most important links on GDPR, Business ByDesign, SAP and it’s data centers, certifications, security measures and privacy by design.

If you need more details on which legal rules apply to the SAP Cloud products and it’s data centers have a look in the Cloud Trust Center and the Data Processing Agreements  which are available in all major languages.

In addition SAP is one of the first companies to receive global certification from BSI for BS 10012:2017 standard. This certification confirms that the certified internal processes of SAP are in accordance to GDPR. Here you can read more.


The demo video below gives you an impression on how this works in our 1805 release:

1. Central Data Protection & Privacy Work Center

As you have seen in the demo the data privacy expert can use the data privacy work center to easily find employees, service agents (i.e. external employees) or private accounts (1) and to trigger the deletion (3). Additionally he can generate a synopsis for master and transactional data which is stored for a natural person in the system (2) as you can see in the screenshots below.

Data disclosure and deletion of personal data coming from custom add-ons is also supported by using the cloud application development studio (PDI). Since 1711 customers and partners are enabled to identify all the personal data stored in add-on BO’s using ABSL coding and to include it for disclosure, anonymization or deletion. Here you find a good tutorial on how this works.

Besides disclosing and deleting natural persons data it is also possible to block it for usage in new business processes:

  1. Blocked persons will not appear in master data work centers, value helps & webservices and cannot be used for new business processes anymore.
  2. Only the data privacy team will be able to see all master data and also be able to unblock.
  3. PDI add-ons which use standard business partner queries need to add parameter “ExludeBusinessPurposeCompleted” to hide blocked persons
  4. Existing business documents will remain visible and will still be possible to process.

The screenshots above show you how reports will look like if they contain blocked persons:

  1. Block usage of a natural person will also hide the natural persons data in reports and data sources
  2. Reports it will not allow to filter for blocked persons
  3. Existing business documents will remain visible without persons data and key figures remain stable
  4. Navigation to the natural person will not be possible anymore
  5. Blocked data will not be transmitted to via interfaces to BW (assuming you do a full upload)


Additionally data privacy experts are able to disallow the deletion of natural persons data e.g. due to a legal hold or other reasons.

2. Configuration of data retention periods

Furthermore you can define in the business configuration the data retention periods for multiple business areas and countries which control that data cannot be deleted within the minimal retention period.

3. Read access logging of sensitive data and change logs

Data privacy experts can configure which predefined business partner attributes are to be treated as special category of data and activate read access logging for sensitive data of natural persons.

  1. Activate or deactivate predefined field groups for read access logging including change log.
  2. Extension fields can be marked as special category either by key user or PDI. Field group configuration can be extended by PDI.
  3. PDI allows to mark partner created BO fields as special.
  4. Download daily read access logs by webservice or UI within 14 days. Log is provided as XML files to be archived with external applications.
  5. Here you can find more details on read access logging and how to automatically download logs by webservice

Administrators, sales and marketing employees can according to their authorization access change logs:

  1. See changes per date and user
  2. See changed attribute with old / new value and modification type
  3. Export changes

4. Marketing permissions

Sales and marketing employees can mark contacts and private accounts to be excluded, included or checked before executing outbound marketing campaigns:

  1. Mark contacts to be included, excluded from marketing campaigns per channel including ability to retrieve and change consent by webservice.
  2. Channel independent marketing permissions which can be used to indicate that overall recheck might be needed.
  3. Ability to add more marketing channel by configuration e.g. social media, e-mail-newsletter…
  4. Ability to extend channels by PDI

5. User Authorization also for external applications

Finally ByDesign does not only control what happens inside the system but also how data is being consumed in external applications with the standard web-services and interfaces.

  1. Communication scenarios and arrangements allow to control external access (via the Application and User Management work center).
  2. Valid certificates are required to allow access ByDesign Web services.
  3. Communication Monitoring for e.g. failed web service calls. Customers still need to assess which integration scenarios are exposed to whom.

 6. More information on GDPR and links to documentation

Here you get general overview material on GDPR, the SAP GDPR policies and especially the SAP data center data privacy measures and it’s certifications which are continuously being audited:


The information provided in this blog should not be considered as legal advice or replace legal counsel for your specific needs. Readers are cautioned not to place undue reliance on these statements and they should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions or for achieving compliancy to legal regulations.

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    1. Jan Matthes
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      Hi Krish, my pleasure ;o)

      Byd and C4C use the sam platform and we have jointly developed some of the capabilities. I do not know what of this is available in detail but the general features are the same.





  1. Benjamin Kühnlenz

    Thanks for the summary and the very good 1802 update. Escpecially the inclusion of Contacts, Read Access Logging and the possibility to enhance the addons will be very helpful features from ByD for each customer and partner.

  2. Former Member


    Jan, If I have some specific questions around the Data Protection and Privacy WorkCentre in ByD, can you suggest a SAP contact or department?


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