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What is GDPR?
In 1998, the Data Protection Act (DPA) was introduced by UK Parliament.
The main purpose of the Data Protection Act is to govern the processing of data on identifiable living people.
The technology landscape has changed so much, that this law is now significantly out of date and is not able to protect the individual as intended.
A prime example would be social media sites capturing personal data, profiling it, and selling it to advertisers, without the individuals explicit consent.
However, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) under EU law, which was adopted on 27th April 2016 and will apply from 25th May 2018, will supersede the Data Protection Directive from 1995, and be significantly more stringent.
The main focus of GDPR will be to protect the personal data of all individuals residing within the EU, irrespective of where the company holding the data is based, and includes rules around holding, processing, profiling, maintaining and deleting that data to name a few.