With the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into effect on the 25th May 2018, the internet is a hive of activity.

But why?

Well it means organisations must perform a data cleanse, what does this mean for you? Well if you’re a business, you should have already started going through e-mail subscriptions lists and anything with someone’s personal data on it. You also must ensure that you have three policies on your website:

  • Terms & Conditions
  • Privacy Policy
  • Cookies Policy

Is it a good or bad thing?

Well some may argue it’s a bad thing, they must spend resources on becoming compliant to the new policy. In my opinion it’s the perfect time for a data cleanse and not just that, it’s really going to get businesses thinking on how they collect their data and what they use it for. How many times have you received an e-mail from a company and you’re not interested in what they offer? More than a couple I imagine! I’m hoping that this new policy will really shape how data is collected, also how it’s used, and the content pushed out.

I have managed to source some information on what GDPR means, for both individuals and organisations.


What rights does it give individuals?


Informed: Organisations must be crystal clear about how they use personal data

Alteration: Individuals have the right to have their personal data rectified

Access: Individuals have the right to access their personal data

Decision making:  Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling

Restrict processing: Individuals have the right to block or suppress processing of personal data

Data portability: Individuals have the right to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes across different services

Object: Individuals have the right to object to processing of their personal data


What meets the requirements as personal data?


Any information that can directly or indirectly identify a person, such as:

  • Name, identification number, location data or an online identifier
  • Factors specific to a person’s physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identify


The above contains public sector information published by the ICO and licensed under the Open Government License. This is for informational purposes only