The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an important piece of legislation that is designed to strengthen and unify data protection laws for all individuals within the European Union. The regulation will become effective and enforceable on the 25th May 2018.
EUCI is committed to full compliance with GDPR before the effective date.
I’m new to the GDPR and would love more details on what it is
The General Data Protection Act (GDPR) is considered to be the most significant piece of European data protection legislation to be introduced in the European Union (EU) in 20 years and will replace the the 1995 Data Protection Directive.
The GDPR regulates the processing of personal data about individuals in the European Union including its collection, storage, transfer or use. Importantly, under the GDPR, the concept of “personal data” is very broad and covers any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual (also called a “data subject”).
It gives data subjects more rights and control over their data by regulating how companies should handle and store the personal data they collect. The GDPR also raises the stakes for compliance by increasing enforcement and imposing greater fines should the provisions of the GDPR be breached.
The GDPR enhances EU individuals’ privacy rights and places significantly enhanced obligations on organizations handling data.
In summary, here are some of the key changes to come into effect with the upcoming GDPR:
- Expanded rights for individuals: The GDPR provides expanded rights for individuals in the European Union by granting them, amongst other things, the right to be forgotten and the right to request a copy of any personal data stored in their regard.
- Compliance obligations: The GDPR requires organizations to implement appropriate policies and security protocols, conduct privacy impact assessments, keep detailed records on data activities and enter into written agreements with vendors.
- Data breach notification and security: The GDPR requires organizations to report certain data breaches to data protection authorities, and under certain circumstances, to the affected data subjects. The GDPR also places additional security requirements on organizations.
- New requirements for profiling and monitoring: The GDPR places additional obligations on organizations engaged in profiling or monitoring behavior of EU individuals.
- Increased Enforcement: Under the GDPR, authorities can fine organizations up to the greater of €20 million or 4% of a company’s annual global revenue, based on the seriousness of the breach and damages incurred. Also, the GDPR provides a central point of enforcement for organizations with operations in multiple EU member states by requiring companies to work with a lead supervisory authority for cross-border data protection issues.
If you are a company outside the EU, you should still be aware of this. The provisions of the GDPR apply to any organization that processes personal data of individuals in the European Union, including tracking their online activities, regardless of whether the organization has a physical presence in the EU.
Who does the GDPR apply to?
The provisions of the GDPR apply to any entity that processes personal data of individuals in the European Union (EU), including tracking their online activities, regardless of whether the entity has a physical presence in the EU.
What is EUCI doing to be compliant?
- Any individual has the “right to be forgotten” – you may request, at any time, that we completely and permanently remove any data we may have about you
- Any individual may, at any time, contact us to request a full transcript of all the data we have collected about you
- Any personally identifying information we do collect is strongly encrypted and anonymized – only essential EUCI personnel will ever have access to your data
- We are reviewing and improving our internal processes and procedures to be fully compliant with GDPR requirements.
How Does EUCI Use My Data?
We collect individual’s job titles, company name and address in order to better target our marketing efforts and provide you with the most relevant content possible.
We track web page visits of registered users in order to gauge interest in our events and to better target our events to appropriate customer segments.
How Do I Make a Data Access or Data Deletion Request?
If you are in the EU, simply email [email protected] with “GDPR Request” in the subject line and include your email address and the nature of your request. We will comply with your request within 24 hours.