GDPR: Europe’s new privacy legislation

The GDPR is the new European law on privacy. GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, and has taken effect on 25 May 2018. From that moment on, the same privacy legislation applies in all 28 member states of the European Union, superseding 28 different national laws. In the Netherlands, for example, the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act will no longer applies.

The GDPR grants citizens more rights with regard to their privacy. It also imposes obligations on organisations: they must demonstrate compliance with the law. Data Protection Authorities now have greater authority to impose significant penalties on organisations that fail to comply.

What is Raet doing to prepare for the GDPR?

As a processor of personal data, we must be able to demonstrate compliance with the GDPR, meaning greater obligations for us. The GDPR puts even more emphasis on the accountability of organisations that process personal data. Our focus was already squarely on privacy when the EU Data Protection Directive of 1995 and the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act of 2001 was enacted, and we made further adjustments to our policy when the Dutch Data Breach Reporting legislation came into force, also in anticipation of the GDPR.

We have a solid privacy policy that ensures an appropriate level of protection, we have anchored the Data Breach Reporting legislation in all of our activities, and we have reached unambiguous agreements with our clients and employees. This applies to the Netherlands, Europe and Latin America. 

Naturally, our preparations for the future are an ongoing process. Our activities include:

  • A taskforce of specialists who meet weekly
  • Keeping our employees up to date and well trained in GDPR requirements
  • Keeping our incident reporting protocols current along with protocols for managing incidents on an international level
  • Agreements with our partners regarding specific data protection obligations under the GDPR
  • GDPR training for clients
  • Optimisation of our Privacy by Design standards

What can you do to prepare for the GDPR?

It goes without saying that you want your organisation to be in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation. We are here to help, and to this end we have drawn up a new data processing agreement for you. Thanks to this agreement, you will be in compliance with the new legislation with regard to your HR solutions.

What if I have questions?

We understand that this new legislation may raise many questions, so we have assembled a list of FAQs for you here.

More about privacy

Read more about what we are doing with regard to privacy here.

You can also visit our trust site for further information, or read Raet in control

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