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What is «personal data» (in the GDPR)?

learning Jun 22, 2019

This article is written specifically for small businesses and therefore doesn’t include all aspects of the legislation that may apply to larger businesses and public entities. No information on this website constitute legal advice.

The GDPR applies to the processing of personal data when running a (non or for profit) business, membership, club, association or any type of organization (online or not).

Because of the definitions in the legal text, GDPR applies to nearly all kinds of businesses and organisations, irrespective of size, type, industry or revenue. Read more about the basics here: What is GDPR? The new European privacy law applicable to online businesses

Many business owners who believe that GDPR don’t apply to them, are not clear on what personal data is. And, in short, it’s almost anything.

“Personal data” could be more than you think

Personal data is any kind of information or assessment of an individual, that can be either directly...

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What is GDPR? The new European privacy law applicable to online businesses

learning May 25, 2019

This article is written specifically for small businesses and therefore doesn’t include all aspects of the legislation that may apply to larger businesses and public entities. No information on this website constitute legal advice.

What is GDPR - in a nutshell?

GDPR is short for the General Data Protection Regulation and it’s a European law about privacy. The law applies if you operate inside of the EEA (the 28 27 EU member countries + the three EEA countries Norway, Liechtenstein and Iceland), or you (happen to) promote or sell goods/services to people in the EEA.

Notice that I said «people», not citizens, inhabitants or with this or that nationality. As long as the people you target, or happen to target, are geographically inside of the EEA, that’s enough.

That means that if you intend to sell to Americans, but you have an online business and people from all over the world can sign up for your freebies, newsletters etc. and some of these could be from...

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