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What to do to make sure you’re ready for GDPR

Neil Hodge | May 16, 2018

Don’t look now, but a very important data privacy deadline is just around the corner.

Following two years of warning, new rules come into force on 25 May that protect the privacy rights of EU citizens worldwide. Organisations based anywhere in the world that hold, process or interact with personal data on any EU citizen are bound by the rules, even if they have no physical presence in any of the 28 EU member states.

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was adopted throughout the European Union (EU) in April 2016 and it creates some significant changes. Chief among them, it extends the definition of “personal data” so widely that it now includes genetic and biometric data, as well as online identifiers, such as an IP address. It also strengthens and increases the rights of data subjects, tightens the rules on consent, and introduces the “right to be forgotten” so that EU citizens can ask for websites to delete their...

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