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What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?


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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation enforced by the European Union (EU) that dictates how organisations handle and protect the personal data of EU residents. It applies regardless of the organisation’s location as long as it offers goods or services to or monitors the behaviour of, individuals in the EU.

Key Things Businesses Need to Know About GDPR

Personal Data: 

The GDPR defines personal data broadly. It includes any information that can directly or indirectly identify a natural person, such as names, emails, IP addresses, location data, and online identifiers.

GDPR Principles:

  • ▪️ Lawfulness, Fairness, and Transparency: Data collection and processing must be lawful, fair, and transparent about its purpose.
  • ▪️ Purpose Limitation: Organisations must clearly define the specific purpose for collecting data and only collect the minimum amount necessary. 
  • ▪️ Storage Limitation: Data retention periods should be defined and adhered to.
  • ▪️ Integrity and Confidentiality: Appropriate safeguards must protect personal data from unauthorised access, disclosure, alteration, or destruction.

Under GDPR, getting an unambiguous “yes” from individuals is crucial. This ensures they understand how their data is used and have control over it. Here’s what businesses need to know:

  • ▪️ Freely Given: Consent shouldn’t be forced. People should feel comfortable saying no.
  • ▪️ Specific: Consent should be for a specific purpose. Don’t ask for blanket permission to use data for everything.
  • ▪️ Informed: People must be clearly told how their data will be used before they give consent. This includes explaining the purpose, who the data might be shared with, and their rights under GDPR.
  • ▪️ Easy to Withdraw: Withdrawing consent should be as easy as giving it. Businesses must provide clear and simple ways for people to revoke their consent at any time.

Data Subject Rights:

The GDPR empowers individuals with a range of rights regarding their personal data, including:

  • ✔️ Right to access
  • ✔️Right to rectification
  • ✔️Right to erasure (right to be forgotten)
  • ✔️Restriction of processing
  • ✔️Data portability
  • ✔️Right to object

Data Breaches:

Businesses must report data breaches to the relevant authorities within 72 hours if they pose a risk to individuals’ rights and freedoms.  Affected individuals must also be notified.

Why Should Businesses Care About GDPR Compliance?

  • ▪️ Hefty Fines: Non-compliance can lead to significant penalties (up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million, whichever is higher).
  • ▪️ Reputational Damage: Data breaches and non-compliance can damage your reputation and erode customer trust.

Taking Steps Towards GDPR Compliance

  • 1. Understand Your Data: Identify all personal data your business collects, stores, and processes.
  • 2. Review Data Collection: Ensure you have a lawful basis for collecting data and obtain clear consent from individuals.
  • 3. Implement Data Security Measures: Put in place appropriate technical and organisational safeguards to protect personal data.
  • 4. Data Subject Rights Procedures: Develop clear processes to handle data subject requests.


GDPR Compliance with GAT Labs

Many businesses struggle to effectively manage, secure, and audit their data to ensure GDPR compliance. GAT Labs offers a comprehensive suite of tools designed to simplify this process and help businesses to confidently navigate GDPR requirements.

How GAT Labs Can Help:

✔️ Enhanced Data Security

  • ▪️ Continuous Monitoring: GAT Shield provides live, in-browser monitoring with three-factor authentication, protecting personal data from unauthorised access.

✔️ Efficient Data Management

  • ▪️ Automated User Management: GAT Flow streamlines onboarding, offboarding, and bulk modifications, ensuring appropriate access to personal data and supporting data minimisation and storage limitation.

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