What does GDPR mean for me?

By Charlotte Parker 08 May 2018

Data protection is already a big deal, but the laws about it were drawn up when the internet was still just taking off. So much has changed since then, so the law needs to change too. The new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) will replace the Data Protection Act 1998 and will give big fines to organisations that don’t follow the rules. If you want to read the full legislation, go to GDPR Info.


What does it mean for me?


Have you noticed that when you sign in to Facebook (or any other website you signed up to) they’re asking you to check your privacy settings? That’s because they need to comply with the new GDPR laws. It’s important that you make sure everything is up to date, otherwise you might not be able to use the service any more.


What's covered?


Like the Data Protection Act 1998, personal data is defined as “any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier.” It can include, but isn’t limited to:

  • Name
  • Photo
  • Email address
  • Social media posts
  • Personal medical information
  • IP addresses
  • Bank details

The laws relate to how data is stored, how long it's kept for and how it's used. It means that companies have to be more careful about protecting and using customer data. That's got to be a relief after all the data scandals recently.


Do I need to do anything?


The only thing you need to do is make sure you update your settings when asked. Keep an eye on your emails too. If you get any asking you to update your details, and it's a company you trust/use, then go ahead and do it. That way, you won't have to worry about losing access to any services.

Anything that you have to log in to should be asking for updates, even your games console. Just go through the settings and make sure you're happy with them, and that's your bit done.


Hopefully that's cleared up any confusion about GDPR. If you need more help, get it touch with Team Knowhow Experts.


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