A lot has been written about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Draft Proposed Regulation to update the Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (ePrivacy Directive). However, before entering into details, we should all make sure that we understand what is personal data; and hence, which information is protected by the Law.
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Not all information is personal data. For instance, anonymous information- information which does not relate to an identified or identifiable natural person; in other words, the data subject is no longer identifiable, is not protected by the data protection principles. e.g. the Dutchman with a long beard living in Amsterdam.
Another case is the information that is publicly available by Law and consequently lawfully processed. e.g., the Registrar of Companies is legally obliged to maintain a public register of some specific information about companies, which includes full name and addresses of company Directors.
The following lawinfographic aims to provide you with the main points of what you should understand for “personal data” under the GDPR. This should help anyone to clarify whether the data protection regulation applies or not.
Each lawinfographic has a visual presentation and keywords that will allow any person to comprehend at a glance the main topic. The lawinfographic and article contain several examples that have been taken from the EU law, regulations, guidelines and opinions on the matter and have been precisely referred in the documents. If you require more information, do not hesitate to consult the sources (below) or to contact me, you can leave me a comment or reach me on Linkedin.
Recitals 26/30 and Art. 4 (1) of the GDPR
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Opinion 4/2007 Art.29 of the Working Party