The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) took effect on 25 May 2018, superseding all national data protection laws in the EU, including Belgium’s Privacywet. The Regulation brings a 21st-century approach to data protection, expanding the rights of individuals to control how their personal information is collected and processed, and requiring organisations to be more accountable for the data they handle.
The EU member states also have limited opportunities to make derogations for how the GDPR applies in their country. In Belgium, the Regulation was transposed into law via an implementation bill, the Wet betreffende de bescherming van natuurlijke personen met betrekking tot de verwerking van persoonsgegevens, on 30 July 2018.
GDPR – an ongoing compliance journey
When tackling GDPR compliance, you should prioritise those areas where a lack of action leaves your organisation exposed. If you suffer a data breach, demonstrating that your organisation is making progress towards compliance could help reduce potential penalties.
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The business benefits of the GDPR
Watch our short video where Alan Calder, IT Governance Founder and Executive Chairman, answers the important questions surrounding the EU GDPR and how it affects businesses in the EU.
While the GDPR maybe complex and challenging there are business benefits to be gained from compliance:
- Build customer trust
- Improve brand image and reputation
- Improve data governance
- Improve information security
- Improve competitive advantage
Under the GDPR, personal data is any information, in any format, that can directly or indirectly identify a natural person. Special category data is personal data that is more sensitive in nature and is subject to greater protection. Special category data includes genetic and biometric data.
- Email address
- IP address
- Location data
- Online behaviour (cookies)
- Profiling and analytics data
Special categories of personal data
- Political opinions
- Trade union membership
- Sexual orientation
- Health information
- Biometric data
- Genetic data
Which organisations does the GDPR apply to?
The GDPR applies to all EU organisations – whether commercial business, charity or public authority – that collect, store or process EU residents’ personal data, irrespective of nationality. Organisations based outside the EU that offer goods or services to EU residents, monitor their behaviour or process their personal data are also subject to the GDPR.
Service providers (data processors) that process data on behalf of an organisation (data controller) come under the remit of the GDPR and will have specific compliance obligations. An example might be an organisation that processes your payroll or a Cloud provider that offers data storage.
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The key elements of the GDPR
GDPR enforcement and penalties
The GDPR’s sizeable administrative fines for non-compliance have attracted widespread media and business interest.
Two tiers of fines can be levied, based on the specific articles of the Regulation that an organisation has breached:
- Up to €10 million, or 2% annual global turnover (whichever is higher).
- Up to €20 million, or 4% annual global turnover (whichever is higher).
However, these fines are discretionary rather than mandatory. They must be imposed on a case-by-case basis and must be “effective, proportionate and dissuasive”. .
How IT Governance can help you get GDPR-ready
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