What is the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)?

So, what is GDPR?

The EU has updated the regulations for Data Protection and this will bring greater safety and privacy for you, as a consumer and WPX customer.

The Data Protection regulations in place have evolved and the European Commission implemented those changes back in May 2018.

Whether you live inside or outside the EU, it is worth knowing how those changes could affect you. GDPR even reaches outside of the EU to ensure maximum data protection for all within it.

How will GDPR benefit me?

The changes benefit end-users (that’s you) the most, ensuring greater protections against corporate authority and enhancing your individual privacy. Your data will be used more responsibly and efficiently, reducing the amount of surplus data that only benefits exploitative people and businesses.

Sensitive customer information poses a significant risk if stolen and abused. GDPR helps keep personal information confidential and applies to everyone involved in processing data, regardless of whether they are located inside or outside of the EU.

What changes will GDPR bring?

The primary changes to how data will be managed within the EU are outlined below;

Consent: Companies cannot use indecipherable terms or legal jargon to abuse customers. For customers, consent must be as easy to withdraw as it is to give.

Breach Notification: If data is breached, processors must notify their controllers and customers of any risk within 72 hours.

Right to Access: Data subjects have the right to know if their personal data is being processed. Data controllers should provide a free electronic copy of data to subjects.

Right to be Forgotten: Subjects can request that their personal data be erased if no longer relevant to its original purpose. This will also cease the dissemination and processing of their old data.

Data Portability: Data subjects may obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes and transfer it at their discretion.

Privacy by Design: Data protection must be a factor when designing or implementing any new systems or technical infrastructure, rather than an addition.

Data Protection Officers: Public authorities and organisations must appoint a professionally qualified officer to oversee large-scale data processing.

Non-compliance with these terms can bring heavy penalties. 

WPX Hosting is glad to cooperate with the new GDPR requirements and provide even stronger protections for our users’ data. 

GDPR puts restrictions on commercial data use and safeguards consumer data security rights. 

At WPX Hosting, we’re a fan of security, so everyone’s happy.

What does GDPR mean for me as a business owner?

If you happen to run a business and deal with customers and data from within the EU, you will be affected by these new regulations.

GDPR applies to any company that offers goods or services to, or is monitor the behaviour of, EU data subjects. It applies to all companies processing and holding the personal data of data subjects residing in the European Union, regardless of the company’s location.

Here are some useful resources for more information about GDPR, whether you are a data subject or business owner;

Frequently Asked Questions about GDPR,

succinct video explaining the new regulations,

What to consider as a US business owner,

and the Top 10 Operational Impacts of GDPR.

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