There has been a ton of talk in the news lately about personal data and how companies are using it. With the rise of social media, personal data has never been more accessible and has never been easier to disseminate to third parties so they can better market products to you that you are more likely to purchase. But what rights do consumers have in regards to personal data? That is why the following piece about GDPR has been created. It will investigate the swift changes now implemented to better protect all consumers.

  • What Is GDPR?
  • How Will This Change The Ways Companies Do Business?
  • How Will This Impact Consumers?

What Is GDPR?

GDPR is the General Data Protection Regulation. It is a law that was passed in late May to better protect the personal information of consumers. There have long been protections against the financial or medical information of individuals but now, thanks to GDPR, the personal information consumers choose to share online can be protected as well. The law has taken over seven years to reach its final form. This is largely because data collection is almost constantly changing and the European Union wanted to be certain that this law would account for future changes as well as current obstacles.

How Will This Change The Ways Companies Do Business?

The GDPR will require businesses to respect the private information of consumers far more than they currently do. Companies in the data acquisition industry which could previously sell the data of some users are no longer allowed to do so. Businesses will now also have to be much more open with their customers about what they are doing with their data and give them a more clear option to not have any data shared.

How Will This Impact Consumers?

The biggest ways in which GDPR will impact consumers is that it will provide them with increased data protection. Consumers will now have to worry far less about what businesses are doing with your private data. While it will still be imperative not to share private information on social media and other similar websites, it is now much less likely that the private information you provide to businesses will be shared with other businesses in the hopes that they can market a product to you or use your private information in a harmful way.