In December 2015 the process of agreeing a new set of legislation ensuring the rights of EU residents was completed. This was approved in 2016 and becomes enforceable on the 25th May 2018.
So to make it clear, significant changes are being made to the Data Protection rules.
Day 5 – General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
This new legislation is designed to enable individuals to better control their personal data.
The changes will require you to audit what information about people you hold, what you do with it and how long it is retained.
Any processing of data based upon consent will significantly change and any consents obtained will need to be granular and opt-in.
What is “Personal Data”?
“Personal data” is defined in both the Directive and the GDPR as any information relating to an person who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, economic, cultural or social identity of that person.
So in many cases online identifiers including IP address, cookies and so forth will now be regarded as personal data if they can be (or are capable of being) without undue effort linked back to the data subject.
To be clear there is no distinction between personal data about individuals in their private, public or work roles – the person is the person.
This new legislation is a minefield so I would recommend Landlords start to look at the data they hold.
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