Who Does the GDPR Protect?

Adhering with global privacy and data laws will help protect your business from liabilities. This article will explain why you should care about the GDPR, and who does GDPR protect. Let’s start with the meaning of GDPR:


What is GDPR?

The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is a set of guidelines implemented within EU countries and the UK. It was brought into effect on 25 May 2018. 

The GDPR covers the movement and storage of personal data. Whenever someone visits a website, their data is gathered – this could be anything from your location or the kind of device you’re using, to the ads and products you take an interest in, to the information you might provide more explicitly that gets remembered: things like gender, your email address, physical address, and phone number. Whenever a website collects any data, they must now abide by the GDPR, which states that they must be transparent about what is being collected and stored, and who has access to that information.

This new set of regulations is a big win for customers and users online, as they’re now empowered and in the know. But who is protected by GDPR?


Who Does the GDPR Protect?

Importantly, the GDPR protects your customers. In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal (which you can learn more about in the New York Times), most online users are very aware of the dangers of data collection online, and people are increasingly aware that their data could be on-sold to people they don’t trust. In this climate, it’s important for customers to know they can trust your company – abiding by the GDPR builds a trusting and transparent relationship between you can your customer.

Even if you’re not an EU business, the GDPR can affect you. The GDPR extends to anyone in the EU – citizens, residents and travellers alike. 


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