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What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

Written by Alan Ingram on Monday, 14 November 2016. Posted in General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been adopted and will become law in May 2018. It will replace all data protection legislation in European Union (EU) member states such as the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) in the UK.

The GDPR includes new and improved privacy rights for individuals within the EU, such as “the right to be forgotten”. The new obligations relate to the collection, use and transfer of consumers’ personal data.

According to the European Commission, "personal data is any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address."

The regulation applies if the data controller or processor (organisation) or the data subject (person) is based in the EU. It also applies to organisations based outside the European Union if they process personal data of EU residents.

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