New Gen­eral Data Pro­tec­tion Reg­u­la­tion (GDPR)

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - 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.

Know Your Rights has been com­piled by County Wick­low Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice, Bless­ing­ton Li­brary, Town Cen­tre, which pro­vides a free and con­fi­den­tial ser­vice to the pub­lic. Open Tues­day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Wed­nes­day from 10 a.m. to 12.30 p.m. Call 086 0481881. An out­reach ser­vice is pro­vided in Baltinglass by the Car­low Cit­i­zens In­for­ma­tion Ser­vice. In­for­ma­tion also avail­able on­line at cit­i­zensin­for­ma­tion.ie.

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