What is the General Data Protection Regulation?

The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC and was designed to create a standard for data privacy laws across Europe, to protect and empower all EU citizens’ data privacy and to reshape the way organisations across the region approach data privacy.

So why does this matter to Namibians?

Firstly, because the EU often sets the standards for data privacy across the world – even if they cannot enforce these rules outside of the EU. Where the EU goes, others follow, so ensuring that your data protection is compliant with EU standards means that you’re prepared for new regulations that may come in later.

Secondly, organisations that do business with the EU must conform to EU standards, even if they’re not based in the EU. In addition, a lot of information is stored in or routed through the EU, in which case their rules become enforceable, even if your business isn’t based in the EU.

Luckily, the new regulations – which come into force in May 2018 – are comprehensive and intuitive. While they have created a more standardised approach to these rules, they haven’t changed them. They’ve just improved them. As such, if you’re already using Salt to protect your data, you don’t have to worry – you’re already EU compliant. If you’re not, then now’s the time to get on board! Contact us now!

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