GDPR: seven principles, seven rights

Let's face it, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) seems difficult. There is no doubt that an act of law with 99 individual articles is a complex piece of legislation. But the GDPR rules were passed for a simple reason: to protect personal data. And that, fundamentally, is a very good thing. Whilst there are difficulties, if you hold on to just two things – the seven principles and the seven rights of GDPR which we outline below – you will find you have the beginnings of a good understanding of the basics of the legislation.

The Seven Principles of GDPR

GDPR has a set of seven fundamental principles. These principles define how to handle the data of individuals and organizations. They are the framework of the entire GDPR act.

The seven principles are:

  1. Lawfulness
  2. Purpose limitations
  3. Data minimization
  4. Accuracy
  5. Storage limit
  6. Integrity and security
  7. Accountability

The Seven GDPR Rights

Along with the seven principles, GDPR provides individuals and companies with seven rights.

The seven rights are:

  1. The right to be informed
  2. The right of access
  3. The right to rectification
  4. The right to erasure
  5. The right to restrict processing
  6. The right to data portability
  7. The right to object

Start here, and you'll be able to begin to orientate yourself towards understanding your GDPR rights and responsibilitlies.

After this, you should consult the ICO website where they further explain "the general data protection regime that applies to most UK businesses and organisations [covering] the UK General Data Protection Regulation (UK GDPR), tailored by the Data Protection Act 2018." 

Or speak to us here at RfM Transform. We'd be happy to help.

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