The new General Data Protection Regulation

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is in force as of 25th May 2018 and replaces the existing data protection framework. The main goal of GDPR is to provide a set of standardised laws across all the European union member countries and to give the EU citizens control over their personal data. Or to put it differently: users are supposed to get a clearer idea of how their data is being processed.

The GDPR must be followed by institutions, companies and individuals dealing with personal data. A processor of personal data must clearly disclose any data collection, declare the lawful basis and purpose for data processing, how long data is being retained and if it is being shared with any third-parties or outside of the EU.

The announcement was met with lots of discussions. Criticism has been raised in regards to freedom of speech and information, unclear compliance requirements and grey areas left with the regulation.


Geeks’ Life and the GDPR

Seeing that the regulation still leaves question marks when it comes to its application (especially for media platforms that cover cultural events), GLL has taken the following stance so far (which may be updated when further details are released):

  • Starting on 25 May 2018 the GLL crew only covers events the team gets invited to or gets press accredication for.
  • The GLL crew continues making photoshoots with the autorisation of the model and any people featured on the pictures.