Why is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect?

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Why is GDPR coming into effect

Why is General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) coming into effect?

The current Irish Data Protection law was established using the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive, as you can imagine a lot of things have changed since 1995, particularly in the world of IT.


Therefore, the current laws need to be updated to reflect the changes in technology, to give you an idea of some of the changes since the existing directive was created, in 1995:



• Mark Zuckerberg was 11
• Google was 3 years from being founded
• The current DVD standard was agreed
• Iomega Zip drives were a popular means of exchanging data
• Toshiba launched the flash memory card with 8mb of storage



As inclusive as Directive 95/46/EC was there were a number of issues with the directive. One of the main issues is that the directive is based on each EU Member State’s national Data Protection law, as a result of this, the directive has become fragmented with a number of variances and several interpretations.



The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) 2016 seeks to “harmonise the protection of fundamental rights of natural persons” (recital 3).




When the EU was updating the existing directives, decisions were made to change the directive to a regulation and to bring in controls for evolved and new technologies which were not in place in 1995 such as:
• Social media
• Mobile data
• Data analytics
• Cloud
• Biometric Data
• Wearable technology
• Internet of Things (IoT)



The new regulation, which is coming into place on May 25th, 2018

applies to the processing of personal data wholly or partly by automated means and to the processing other than by automated means of personal data which form part of a filing system or are intended to form part of a filing system

(Article 2 GDPR)


The good news is Azpiral has already put changes in places to ensure that our platform is fully GDPR ready and we are here to help, if you have any questions why not contact us at info@azpiral.com


Meet our new Data Protection Officer https://www.azpiral.com/data-protection-officer-azpiral/


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