Webdam has made updates to comply the new General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) mandated by the European Union.
What is GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is the biggest update of European data protection law since 1995, providing greater protection for personal information of individuals. The focus of the reform was to better protect the rights individuals in regards to their personal data [defined as any kind of information that can be used to identify an individual, e.g. a phone number, email address, or an IP address].
For more information on the new regulation visit: General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
When does GDPR take effect?
GDPR becomes effective on May 25, 2018.
Who does the GDPR affect?
The GDPR not only applies to organizations located within the EU but it will also apply to organizations located outside of the EU if they offer goods or services to, or monitor the behavior 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.
What are an organization’s main responsibilities under GDPR?
The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) states that if an organization processes personal data of EU residents, it is obligated to instill comprehensive, yet commensurate, means of governing that data. Processing includes collecting, storing, altering, retrieving, transmitting, using, erasing, or otherwise performing any operation on data. Practices and tools championed by the ICO (e.g., privacy impact assessments and privacy by design) are now legally required by GDPR. Consequently, organizations whose activities fall within the scope of GDPR must implement new policies and procedures to comply with GDPR. The goal of these measures is to reduce the occurrence of breaches while safeguarding personal data.
What is the difference between GDPR and previous protection laws?
The GDPR is based on the Data Privacy Directive; however, it also strengthens existing laws in certain respects, including breach notification, has higher fines for non-compliance and data loss, and increased individual control on how personal data is handled.
As a part of our efforts to comply with GDPR, some settings in Webdam have changed or been added and some new policies have been set in place:
- Customers must opt-in to allow Webdam Customer Support to access your account for troubleshooting. Read this article to learn how to opt-in.