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The European General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR has been in force since Friday 25 May 2018. This has a profound effect on the way organisations process and store personal data. On a day-to-day basis for Europeans, it means that companies have to comply with stricter rules when it comes to handling their users' personal information. The new regulation implements stricter requirements concerning the way in which organisations process personal data. It's important to understand what these changes mean and how you can put these principles into practice in your organisation. Here's our guide to what the GDPR means for you as a user and as a business.



What is the GDPR?

The GDPR stands for the European General Data Protection Regulation. It is a regulation that governs the way in which organisations can and must process personal data. personal data. It would be an oversimplification to say that the GDPR is simply a new set of rules. On the contrary, it significantly changes the way organisations that store and process personal data can interact with customers. The GDPR is a broad and radical update to the current regulatory framework surrounding data protection laws. It also has the potential to impact industries that were not specifically targeted by the Bill.


Why is GDPR important?

Data is the fuel that powers the digital economy. It underpins many services and products, enabling marketers to create tailored advertising, insurance companies to create personalised risk assessments and institutions to create customised financial plans. However, without data, many businesses will fail to reach their full potential. The GDPR is designed to ensure greater protection of European citizens' data. Those affected by the GDPR are individuals and businesses that interact with data in some way. If you have a website or app that collects user information, you must comply with GDPR rules. It's also important to remember that the GDPR affects anyone who interacts with data, whether it's a consumer or a business. It is important to note that the GDPR is a regulation that governs how data is processed. It is not a law that criminalises or fines non-compliant businesses. On the contrary, the GDPR aims to increase responsibility legal and business ethics that process data.


What are the main changes brought about by the GDPR?

- Consent is required for all processing of personal data. - An opt-in approach is also required for all processing of personal data. - The transfer of data outside the European Union must be "adequately" secured. - The obligation to inform users of how their data is used and how to correct any inaccuracies. - The obligation to store personal data in a way that protects them against unauthorised access. - Data breaches must be reported to the relevant authorities. - Penalties for non-compliance, such as heavy fines and even imprisonment. - Data protection authorities can now verify and enforce compliance across the EU. - Users' rights are now enshrined in European law. - Data protection requirements are increasing over time. - The GDPR has general applicability, which means it applies to all businesses in the EU. - Further consequences will occur if EU Member States do not comply with the GDPR.


What does this mean for users and businesses?

Organisations that process EU citizens' data must comply with the GDPR regulations. For non-EU companies, the GDPR has a significant potential impact on current operations. This is because it imposes stricter requirements on the way organisations process data. It is important for all organisations to understand the differences between the GDPR and the current data protection framework. It is also crucial to understand the impact of the GDPR on the way your organisation processes data. Individuals should also take note of the GDPR. If you are an EU citizen, you need to be aware of the new regulations that impact the way your data is processed. The GDPR is expected to have an impact on every EU citizen and non-EU citizen who processes data in the EU. The new regulation requires companies that process data to adhere to stricter guidelines. This means that they must obtain consent before processing data and secure the transfer of data outside the EU. Although the new regulation only applies to data within the European Union, there will still be consequences if EU Member States do not comply with the GDPR.


What you can do to be GDPR ready

When it comes to GDPR compliance, there is no single set of tools that will ensure compliance. Rather, GDPR readiness is a process that involves assessing your organisation's situation and then taking steps to correct any data protection issues. Organisations can start the GDPR readiness process by assessing their current data protection situation. This includes determining where the controls or safeguards are in place, and understanding how data is currently being processed. Once this assessment is complete, you can begin to address any data protection issues. This includes installing additional security controls, reviewing policies and procedures that may be outdated, and reviewing training that may not be as GDPR-focused as it should be.



The GDPR has far-reaching implications for users and businesses. It has the potential to impact the way individuals and organisations interact with data. Consumers need to be aware of the new regulation, and businesses can assess where they stand on data protection and take steps to correct any data protection issues.

Maître Zakine holds a doctorate in law and is a member of the Grasse Bar.
Her practice is based in Antibes, but she works throughout France, particularly in Bordeaux, Metz, Thionville, Strasbourg, Saint-Tropez, Paris, Ile de France, Mont de Marsan, Lyon, Lille, Marseille and the Var department.

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About Cécile Zakine

Lawyer in Antibes, registered at the Bar of Grasse. Intervenes throughout France. Labour law, Litigation at work. Real estate litigation and co-ownership law. Construction problems (VEFA,..)Fast, motivated and committed response. Do not hesitate to contact the lawyer in Antibes: Maitre Zakine. or to make an appointment online for a consultation.
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