New Gen­eral Data Protection Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR)

Wexford People - - NEWS -

I have heard that new data protection rules are com­ing in. What are these rules and how will they af­fect me?

A new Gen­eral Data Protection Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR) comes into force across the EU on 25 May 2018.

The GDPR strength­ens your rights and gives you much more con­trol over your per­sonal data. It also in­tro­duces stricter mea­sures for busi­nesses and other or­gan­i­sa­tions that col­lect, con­trol and process your per­sonal data.

Un­der the GDPR, per­sonal data is data that re­lates to you or can iden­tify you, ei­ther by it­self or to­gether with other avail­able in­for­ma­tion. Ex­am­ples of per­sonal data in­clude your name, phone num­ber, bank de­tails and med­i­cal his­tory.

Un­der the GDPR you are en­ti­tled to:

* Ac­cess the con­tact de­tails of the or­gan­i­sa­tion col­lect­ing your data

* See a copy of the data held about you

* Have it amended or erased if it is in­cor­rect

* Move or trans­fer your data

* Ob­ject to the use of your data

* In­for­ma­tion about how your data is be­ing pro­tected

The GDPR also im­poses more obli­ga­tions on or­gan­i­sa­tions that con­trol and process your data. These or­gan­i­sa­tions must de­sign data col­lec­tion sys­tems that meet spec­i­fied re­quire­ments, col­lect only the data that is ab­so­lutely nec­es­sary for their pur­poses, keep records of the pro­cess­ing ac­tiv­i­ties un­der their re­spon­si­bil­ity, keep data se­cure and re­port any data breaches.

Find out more on dat­apro­tec­tion.ie and gdprandyou.ie.

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