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Overview of the GDPR: A Dallas Business Attorney’s Perspective (Part 1)

Dallas business law attorney, Richard “Ric” Armstrong, discusses the new EU data privacy rules and how they apply to Texas business owners.

Over the past couple of weeks, you might have noticed you’re receiving a slew of emails from various companies announcing changes to their privacy policies. It’s not a fluke. These companies are scrambling to become compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a sweeping set of rules established by the EU to protect the personal information of its citizens. Any company who does business in Europe needs to comply with these rules or face potential stiff penalties. Although the rules only apply to EU citizens, many companies are simply overhauling their entire privacy policies to become GDPR compliant. (The rules went into effect May 25, 2018—hence, all the emails in your Inbox.)

What Is the GDPR, exactly?

The GDPR sets a uniform standard for member nations within the EU as to how their citizens’ personal data may be collected and used. The intention of the law is to codify data collection and sharing standards across the EU as well as give citizens more control over how their personal information is shared. In addition, it sets rules for how this data is to be exported and managed outside the EU—specifically, by non-EU companies doing business with consumers and companies inside the EU.

What Does the GDPR Consider to be Personal Data?

The GDPR broadly describes personal data as “information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person.” Obviously, that loose definition can encompass a lot of information. For all intents and purposes, we should think of personal data as any bit of information that could be used directly or indirectly identify that person—from addresses to account numbers to credit card information.

If you do business with customers in Europe, you need to understand the rules of the GDPR and adjust your privacy policies to become compliant. We’ll explore this topic a bit more in-depth soon. To have a Dallas business law attorney work with you to evaluate your current data policies, call Armstrong The Law Firm, P.C., today at 972-424-L-A-W-S (5297).

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