What the flip is GDPR
A question that a lot of companies have been asking over the past few months, so before we delve into the dark corners of GDPR, let’s just get our heads around it a little.
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and will replace a major EU privacy law. The last piece of EU privacy law dates from 1995, and was intended to protect individual’s personal data during processing and movement. Slightly later, The Data Protection Act 1988 was designed to protect personal data that is stored on computers or in paper filing systems, which will also be superseded. Let’s bear in mind though; this was before the days of MySpace, Facebook, or even Google!
The purpose of GDPR is to provide a set of standardized data protection laws, that include more recent technical developments, ideally making it easier for EU citizens to understand what is happening to their data, and making it easier for them to raise any complaints if necessary even if they are not in the country where their data is located.