So lately, GDPR seems to have caught the headlines. And it’s not due to a genuine interest in it. In fact, some people are clueless as to what GDPR is.
Who could blame them? After all, a year ago, they haven’t heard the term. Now, it seems to be everywhere.
All they know is that they were the recipients of GDPR-related e-mails. While some of them insisted on reading it, others may have chosen to ditch them.
Either way, here are some facts about GDPR.
1: The GDPR Definition
GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It is an initiative by the European Union.
And while it currently only applies to the residents of countries belonging in the European Union, it’s still best for everyone in the world to familiarize themselves with their standing in this matter.
GDPR’s aim is to provide consumers with much better control and transparency over data. To be exact, it targets the kind of personal data that companies collect and store.
Are you familiar with how you’re asked to submit data for simple activities (like when you use apps on Facebook)? If you are, know that GDPR mandates the regulation of that kind of data submission.
2: The 25th of May, 2018 = Deadline
If you’re wondering why you have received GDPR-related e-mails during the last weeks of May, this is the answer. It’s mandatory for companies to comply with GDPR on or before May 25, 2018.
Unless companies want their operations to be interrupted, they are tasked to review their policies and practices. And upon review, they should make arrangements to ensure that they comply with the initiative.
3: Simplification Is the Key
Of plenty of cases that address irresponsible data collection, storage, and distribution, the GDPR-compliance initiative comes to the rescue. While it only covers the European Union countries, for now, it’s only going to be a matter of time until it impacts consumers and companies globally.
The fact that companies have been distributing e-mails with a serious nature can be overwhelming. But if you look closely, GDPR is actually a good initiative.
At its very root, it safeguards data and prevents exploitation of sorts. It grants consumers the opportunity to be aware of their privacy rights. Especially in the case of sensitive data, giving consumers the right to handle their data should be a priority.
Sure, the GDPR-related e-mail you received was lengthy. But take the time to uncover and read (or re-read) its message.
Also, know that Amazing Support has got your back in matters like this. Contact them if you have some concerns — GDPR-related or otherwise.