27th October 2017

What is the GDPR?


An Overview of the EU General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR

An Overview of the EU General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR

This brief overview attempts to highlight some key points of the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, to help organisations understand this new legal requirement in the EU. On 15th December 2015, the European Parliament, the Commission and the Council came to an agreement on new data protection rules, to establish a uniform, modern data protection agreement throughout the EU.

The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in January 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age. More than 90% of Europeans say they want the same data protection rights across the EU – and regardless of where their data is processed.

Unfortunately, even within the EU, awareness remains worryingly low. A survey by Dell in October 2016 showed that 80 percent of companies surveyed knew very little and in some cases, nothing, about the coming changes. Worse still, 97 percent of companies had not yer planned how to address the GDPR.

So what does it mean?  Simply put, it means stronger data protection rules for Europe. The changes will give people more control over their personal data and make it easier to access it. Nine out of ten EU citizens have expressed concern about mobile apps collecting their data without consent, and seven out of ten have concerns about the potential use of the information disclosed.

The Regulation is an essential step to strengthen citizens’ fundamental rights in the digital age and facilitate business by simplifying rules for companies in the Digital Single Market.

An extremely informative Q & A has been put together by the European Commission; You can find it here.

The reform is also fully documented on the EC website here.

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