When I hand over important information about myself – like my name, telephone number or credit card details – I want to know it’s safe. EU laws require that anyone processing my data makes sure that it is handled with care.
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MY ONLINE SECURITY. MY LIFE.
Protect my personal data with EU rules
How is that website showing me adverts for running shoes I looked at yesterday? It’s all down to cookies stored on my computer by websites to remember my online preferences. EU rules ensure that I have to give my consent before a website can do this, helping to protect my privacy online.
Not so long ago inboxes were full of adverts, spam and unwanted emails. Today, thanks to EU laws, organisations need my permission to email me. This means that when I open my inbox I only see messages from the businesses I actually want to hear from.
What do social networks, online shops and job applications have in common? Simple – using them requires me to trust organisations with personal information that could potentially be lost or stolen. But don’t fear – there are new EU rules in action from May 2018 to tackle data breaches. So, no more cyber nightmares for me and I can carry on safely shopping and surfing online.
If I’m unhappy with the way my data is being processed, then I have the right to complain to the person or organisation processing it, to my national data protection authority, or to a court of law.
How it works
Every time I book a holiday, sign up for a social media site, open a bank account or buy a train ticket online, I’m handing over key pieces of personal information. EU legislation demands that the protection of my personal data is seen as a fundamental right, so it must be handled with care and responsibility. Organisations are required by law to collect data properly and for a specific purpose. They must ensure that their collection is limited to what is necessary, and information must not kept any longer than needed. My data must also be protected against loss, destruction or theft, and it’s up to the organisation to ensure that this is the case.
Did you know
of Europeans believe that disclosing personal information is an increasing part of modern life.
of all internet users in the EU shopped online in 2017.
The date after which I can request a copy of all the data that a business or organisation holds on me.
of Europeans give out their personal information to make a payment online, with 44% doing so to have a purchase delivered.
Forget me, please
No longer using a social media account? I can request that an organisation or business deletes my personal data when it’s no longer relevant or necessary.
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