So there must be at least 1 or 2 or 20 emails in your inbox of different companies you’ve given your email address to ( a lot of which I bet you didn’t even remember giving your email address to) telling you that their privacy policy is changing. Why? So they don’t risk braking the law and facing hefty penalties of course. Which law is this? Well that new GDPR thing that’s happening in Europe.

OK, so what is it, and what does it mean for you as a consumer?

Alright, GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation. It’s basically a new set of laws imposed on any businesses operating in the European Union that collect data pertaining to you, especially personal data. These laws require companies to make  sure said data is stored securely, easily accessible by you, and also easily deleted at any point as per your request.

The GDPR also makes it the responsibility of companies to let you know how they will be collecting your data and what exactly they will be doing with your data. So really you don’t have to do anything but be aware. The real headache lies with the company to ensure that they’re GDPR compliant.

If you want to read more about the GDPR then you can find more in-depth information here:

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