GDPR - the most important change in data privacy regulation in 20 years!

Unless you have been living underground for the last two years, chances are high that you’ve come across quite a few summaries, documentations or checklists on behalf of the new set of data protection regulations to ensure harmonized privacy rights to residents of the European Union.

While the so-called Data Protection Directive aims at duly protecting data of victims, witnesses and suspects in the course of criminal investigations or legal proceedings as well as facilitating international co-operation against organized crime and terrorism, the GDPR is designed to simplify and harmonise laws for businesses operating in the Digital Single market.

For businesses however, this implies the greatest changes in data protection legislation within the last 20 years, and they will have to be prepared. The GDPR set of regulations is already in force, but due to the complexity of the overall changes, businesses and organizations have been given a deadline until May 25th of 2018 before they will apply.

The EU says on their related web page

“The objective of this new set of rules is to give citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform is a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. The reform will allow European citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.”

Any entity collecting personal data will be subject to this set of regulations. Compliance will be mandatory, and after the deadline, there will be a substantial increase in fines in order to give regulators more authority and means of enforcement against violations.

The most complete official overview:

The EU publishes additional checklists and hints for SME here:

Find here a collection of further EU links and factsheets related to the reform:

Different authorities and interest groups have issued more checklists and whitepapers:

Asteas will come up right in time with a module for documentation of data processing operations related to IACBOX users. Stay tuned for more new detailed news here!

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