GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and is a European law which is intended to strengthen and unify data protection rights for all individuals within the European Union (EU).
GDPR legislation provides standardisation of laws in respect of an individual’s data protection rights across all EU member states. The GDPR legislation comes into effect in on the 25th of May 2018 in all EU states.
The purpose of GDPR is to provide protection for individuals in respect of the personal information held by organisations about them, to provide clarity on how and why the data is collected, stored and used by the organisation. As part of the legislation the organisation also needs to provide a mechanism and process to address requests from the individual to disclose the information the organisation holds about them to them in a timely fashion and to enable the individual to request deletion of information that is stored in relation to them upon request.
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