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What Does GDPR mean?

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Elaine Hannon GDPR

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

We’ve all heard of GDPR, but what does it mean for you?

What is it?

GDPR is a regulation that requires businesses to protect the personal data and privacy of EU citizens for transactions that occur within EU member states. And non-compliance could cost companies dearly.

Compliance will cause some concerns and new expectations of security teams. For example, the GDPR takes a wide view of what constitutes personal identification information. Companies will need the same level of protection for things like an individual’s IP address or cookie data as they do for a name, address and Social Security number.

What does GDPR mean for Class 1 Personnel?

GDPR will impact how personal data can be acquired, stored and used. Even though a candidate may post their information on a job board or on LinkedIn that does not grant Class 1 the automatic right to download and process that personal information.

To obtain permission, we are required to confirm to the data subject exactly what their personal data will be used for, who specifically it will be shared with, where it will be stored and how long it will be stored.

Consent will be required for each specific purpose and the option – and method –  to withdraw consent clearly demonstrated. This will be particularly significant for recruiters working with vulnerable individuals where the rights of those individuals will need to be specifically stated in a way that is easily understood.

What does GDPR mean to you?

Have you started receiving emails and letters from companies and organisations asking you to update your preferences and permissions on what they send you? - Well, under the new rules, companies who rely on an individual's consent to collect their data will face tough restrictions.

The GDPR says customers need to actively opt-in. Companies need to use language that is easy to understand and tell people they can withdraw consent at any time.

Questions about how GDPR affects your relationship with Class 1 Personnel? Contact elaine@class1personnel.com to find out!