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Is your organization ‘GDPR-proof’? LS@W partner Loyens & Loeff explains EU General Data Protection Regulation.

After years of anticipation, the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) entered into force and shall apply as from 25 May 2018. This means that businesses operating in the EU have less than two years to make sure they are GDPR compliant.

Be prepared

The objective of this new set of EU rules is to give citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform is a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. The reform will allow European citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.

Under EU law, personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Furthermore, persons or organisations which collect and manage your personal information must protect it from misuse and must respect certain rights of the data owners which are guaranteed by EU law.

Every day within the EU, businesses, public authorities and individuals transfer vast amounts of personal data across borders. Conflicting data protection rules in different countries would disrupt international exchanges. Individuals might also be unwilling to transfer personal data abroad if they were uncertain about the level of protection in other countries.

Therefore, common EU rules have been established to ensure that your personal data enjoys a high standard of protection everywhere in the EU. You have the right to complain and obtain redress if your data is misused anywhere within the EU.

Loyens & Loeff has its own Data Protection & Privacy Team.

Their team will distribute monthly updates with respect to the most important requirements of the GDPR and guidance on how to implement these in organisations.

The monthly updates will (among others) include information on the applicability of the GDPR and the ‘one-stop-shop’ mechanism, rules regarding profiling, big data and pseudonymisation, an overview of new obligations for data controllers and data processors, and the applicable sanctions for non-compliance with the GDPR.

Click here to contact Loyens & Loeff Benelux Data Protection and Privacy Team.

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