What is GDPR?
General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) is a reformative step taken by the European Union in order to make Europe ‘fit for the digital age’. Introduced as on 25th May 2018, GDPR is the replacement for the data protection law of 1998. Its purpose is to protect the shared data and information of the European people from all the other countries, companies, states or any such data sharing bodies.
What all industries are affected?
Almost every industry that exists has an effect from the recently passed GDPR. Though, the ones involved with humongous consumer data are the ones who has a wider impact of this very regulation. Because, after all it’s those consumer data that GDPR pledges to protect.
How does it matter the rest of the world?
Some large business companies that run across the world are based out of Europe and if not they still collect data of European citizens and hence they’ve adopted these regulations. In fact, they’re bound to take up these regulations. Facebook, Google, Apple are the few big names amongst them, who have changed their privacy policies in order to stay in tune with the GDPR.
What’s in it for the mass?
Well, it’s like one of those internet rights in the favour of the mass - the common folks of the internet. The power to delete and alter their informative data, from different data holding sites, is now in the hands of the users.
What are the penalties for non-compliance?
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has taken steps to bring GDPR into action and make it even more powerful by imposing fines and setting up rules. Few of such rules and regulations includes issuing warnings and reprimands, passing on a temporary/permanent ban on data processing, restriction on usage of the data, suspending data transfers to third countries, et al.
GDPR and Drupal Modules
Drupal has always been on its toes to be in alignment with every new technological innovations and regulation. So, how could they miss out on the recently released GDPR in Europe? Since the purpose of GDPR is people’s security, Drupal resonates with that purpose and has already started working on it. Drupal already has multiple module projects that are focused on creating software tools, which helps Drupal be a GDPR-compliant platform.
Also, Europe being a leading pool of business market in the world, it is meant to affect the world in this very age of globalisation. Plus, since it’s a major step to prevent misuse and theft of European people’s data, it’s going to influence the entire internet industry worldwide.