The GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is an EU regulation that will come into effect on the 25th May 2018, this means that the UK Parliament is not involved in whether this regulation is to pass. Although what exactly does it mean for individuals?
The GDPR attempts to give the EU citizens/residents control over their personal data and provide the following things for individuals(in relation to data):
- The right to be informed
- The right of access
- The right to rectification
- The right to erasure
- The right to restrict processing
- The right to data portability
- The right to object
- Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.
The regulation means that companies will have to take more measures in protecting "personal data" inside and outside of the EU. It should allow individuals to more easily access what information companies hold on them and possibly even allow deletion of such data (Right to erasure/forgotton).