AT consultants GDPRWhat does GDPR mean

GDPR is an abbreviation. It stands for General Data Protection Regulation or in Dutch for  “de Algemene Verordening Gegevensbescherming (AVG)”.

This is composed by set of rules (about a 100 articles) that ensure that the data of European citizens are protected in a better way.

The GDPR applies to all companies that process personal data. What is meant by personal data? This is all the information that can identify someone. This should be interpreted in a very broad sense. This also means all digital data of a person. Also, IP address, user names, tweets ... belong to this category.

Companies must inform the citizens in an understandable way how data is collected and processed. What are the purposes, what is the storage duration, etc. ?

The citizens must be able to transfer their data from one service provider to another. The right to delete data has been strengthened. This means that in some cases, companies are obliged to erase your data when they are asked to do so.

Companies are required, when a leak of data occurs, to report this within 72 hours. Unless the leak represents no risk to the collected personal data.

With the introduction of  GDPR, the companies are obliged to take their responsibility.  Respecting GDPR “only” is no longer enough. As a company you should be able to demonstrate that you meet all rules. This requires companies to change certain procedures that pertain to the processing of personal data.

The consequences in case of non-compliance with the GDPR rules are severe. Fines vary. When a company does not report important data leaks, does not undertake  risk assessments or can’t show that data are kept completely correct, they risk fines of up to 4% of the global annual turnover with a maximum of EUR 20 million.

The Commission for the protection of privacy has a lot of information that can be found on its website: https://www.privacycommission.be

In the near future there will be checks are carried out on this legislation, so be prepared for this and organise yourself as good as you can in this area.