GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation)

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WHAT IS GDPR?

GDPR is one of the most significant developments in data protection law in decades. The EU regulation came into force in Ireland on 25 May 2018 and replaced the existing data protection framework.

DOES GDPR APPLY TO YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS?

The regulation not only updates how Personal Data may be processed in the digital world, but also seeks to bring about change in terms of how businesses and public bodies treat Personal Data. GDPR applies to any business (however small) that holds or processes the Personal Data of any EU citizens.

WHAT IS PERSONAL DATA AND WHO IS THE DATA SUBJECT?

Personal Data means any information relating to an identified or identifiable individual called the Data Subject.

The Data Subject is the individual who can be identified, either directly or indirectly, by reference to Personal Data such as a name, ID number, postal address or online identifier.

The regulation also includes Special Categories of Personal Data which is Personal Data that references either racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data or information concerning health or sex life or sexual orientation.

Special Categories of Personal Data are deemed to be Personal Data of a more sensitive nature and require additional consideration when being processed by the Data Controller and/or Data Processor.

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