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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) FAQs: What does the GDPR mean for you?

The GDPR is here. Check out the FAQs below to learn more about this new legislation that will impact data privacy and corporate obligations in the EU and beyond.

  • What is the GDPR and when did it take effect?

    The GDPR, or the General Data Protection Regulation, is designed to protect the privacy of EU citizens; enforce standardised data privacy laws across the EU; and reshape the way organisations in the EU and beyond process and manage personal data. The GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive of 1995 and will go into effect in May 2018.

  • Does GDPR apply only to companies in the EU?

    No; any organization that collects or processes personal data of individuals in the EU or that offers goods or services to individuals in the EU is subject to the GDPR.

  • Is the GDPR specific to a certain industry?

    The GDPR is not industry-specific and applies to both cloud and on-premises data processing and storage practices.