Data Protection Regulation – this is what you need to know

June 16, 2016

The new Data Protection Regulation will apply from 25 May 2018 and it is going to influence e-commerce sites. Learn more about the essential changes.

Important for e-commerce site owners

This year a new set of rules for businesses regarding the processing of personal data has come into existence. The new Regulation is called General Data Protection Regulation and take effect 25 May 2018.

The new General Data Protection Regulation is going to affect e-commerce site owners and it is important that the processing of personal data in the future comply with the new Regulation.

The right to be forgotten

In general, the new Regulation is about further tightening sanctions in regards to personal data protection.

When the Regulation takes effect in 2018, businesses within the European Union have to document what they use personal data for and how long the data it is stored.

All businesses within the European Union has to draw up written guidelines for the processing of personal data. Businesses furthermore have to obtain written statements from customers and employees regarding the use and processing of personal data.

In the Regulation, it is emphasized that consumers have the right to be forgotten. People will have the opportunity to delete their data if there are not legitimate reasons for retaining it. People will also have easier access to their own data and will be able to transfer personal data from one service provider to another in a more easily manner.

Anders Hansen from NaviPartner’s web department explains what NaviPartner’s intentions are in relation to the new Regulation:

“We will include the Regulation in the developing stage of new systems and products. At the same time, we will look into how we can help our customers to comply with the rules. That could be done by creating policy templates that our customers could use, for instance, how data is stored and for how long.”