Will You be Affected by Europe’s Tough New Data Privacy Regs?

Have you been getting a slew of privacy policy updates lately? You can thank the European Union’s tough new General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR, which goes into full effect on May 25, 2018.  Several European countries have had tough data privacy laws for a while, but GDPR applies throughout the EU and extraterritorially. Will it apply to you?

According to the EU, the GDPR will apply to any company that processes or stores the personally identifiable information (PII) of EU citizens. Whether they have a presence in the EU or not, companies must comply with the GDPR. Non-compliance could be very costly, with fines up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million (whichever is greater).

Those are pretty big penalties, but what about companies that do all their business on this side of the pond? They’ll likely not be affected. On the other hand, if a company does any kind of email marketing, they will have to get express permission fro any EU citizens on their lists to keep emailing them. The same could apply to American websites that collect personal identifiers like IP addresses or that use cookies. The GDPR does make allowances for unintended collection, but judging by all the privacy updates no one is taking chances.

Here are some GDPR highlights:

GDPR protects basic identifiers like your name, address, or ID numbers. Web data, IP addresses, cookies, etc., and health, genetic, and biometric data are also covered, as are data on race or ethnicity, sexual orientation, or political opinions.

Here are some of the key provisions:

  • In the event of a data breach, organizations have a 72-hour notification deadline.
  • Data transparency and right to access – Individuals have a right to know what data a company collects about them and have the right to access it.
  • Individuals have a right to be forgotten. In other words, people can ask for all their data to be destroyed.
  • Individuals also have the right to data portability
  • Privacy by design – Privacy measures have to be designed into new services from the get-go.
  • Organizations have to appoint Data Protection Officers.

If you want to know more about the GDPR, you can go to the official GDPR information site here: https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection_en.

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