What is the GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation that was put into effect on May 25th, 2018. Passed by the European Union (EU), the GDPR is a law that gives European residents and citizens more power over collecting and processing their online personal information.

The regulations of the GDPR affect those who collect (data controllers) and process (data processors) data from people in the EU. Data collectors and processors fall under two main groups under the GDPR:

  1. Anyone who monitors the nature of data belonging to persons in the EU.
  2. All organizations and businesses that offer paid and/or free goods and/or services to EU-based data subjects.

Under the GDPR, individuals are essentially given eight rights in terms of their personal information:

  1. Right to be informed: Anyone who collects and researches data must be transparent about using it. This information is usually found in your cookies or privacy policy.
  2. Right to restrict processing: With the GDPR, individuals have the right to block the processing of their data. The data collectors can still store the personal data, but they no longer have the right to process the information.
  3. Right to rectification: If your data has been collected, you have the right to correct it if something has been gathered incorrectly or complete it if the information is not complete.
  4. Right to be forgotten: If it is found that there isn’t a good enough reason to continue processing personal information, individuals can request that their data be removed or deleted.
  5. Right to access: Anyone who has their information collected and processed has the right to request that data, and it must be provided in a standard format.
  6. Right to object: Thanks to the GDPR, individuals can refuse to have their information collected and processed for specific purposes.
  7. The right not to be subject to automated decision-making: This is a right under the GDPR that regulates when it is okay and not using automation in decision-making.
  8. The right to data portability: Anyone who collects and processes data must allow individuals to obtain their data for their use.

The GDPR contains many rules and regulations that were put into effect on May 25th, 2018. You can learn more about the GDPR through HostPapa’s Knowledge Base:

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