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GDPR is short for the ‘General Data Protection Regulation’.
GDPR comes into force on 25 May 2018. Unlike the piece of legislation it replaces, GDPR is an EU Regulation rather than a Directive. This means that it comes into force automatically across the EU on that date – without each of the member states having to pass a specific law to implement it.
The current EU Data Protection Directive dates back to 1995. To put things in perspective, at that time, Google wasn’t even born yet and Mark Zuckerberg was still in high school. Fast forward to the present, and the majority of purchases are now made online. So the GDPR represents a shake-up of the rules to reflect this reality and creates consistent data protection requirements across Europe.
The GDPR requires companies to:
- Protect personal data using appropriate security measures
- Be transparent with individuals on how their data is used
- Obtain appropriate consent from individuals for data processing
- Promptly notify authorities of personal data breaches.
The GDPR sees the introduction of stronger data security requirements for companies and new rights for individuals who will be given greater control over the data companies hold on them including a say on how their data is used, and a right to access and erasure. Take a look at our FAQ here to find out more about the personal data that goHenry holds and how you can delete this.
We think it's important that kids get to grips with what is right and wrong when it comes to their personal data and the companies that hold it, so we've put together a guide to simplify GDPR for kids.