What the Hell is GDPR, Anyway? Know Your Data Rights!

Happy GDPR Eve! ???

Tomorrow, one of the most significant pieces of data legislation in our lifetimes, the General Data Protection Regulation, comes into full effect. For the average person, what GDPR has meant thus far is a lot of emails asking if you want more emails, and a lot of pop-ups on social media asking you to read T&Cs. But on a macro level, the GDPR is all about empowering us to make clearer decisions about who receives our data and when- an issue that we at Data Natives care passionately about.

Here’s our quick primer on what it means for users and businesses, and how we’re committed to GDPR compliance.

For Users
The main thing that the GDPR gives users is a new set of specific rights, expanding upon the rights afforded to us in previous data legislation. These rights are:
  • The right to be forgotten: The right to delete your account for a particular service at any time, and also request that any data collected about you be wiped from a company’s system.
  • The right of access: Companies must now transparently declare what your data will be used for (e.g. “email marketing”, “data analysis”), and give you the option to view how the data is being used.
  • The right to object: If you object to your data being used in a certain way, you have the right to opt out, and companies must honour this.
  • The right to rectification: The right to access any personal data a company retains about you, and amend it if necessary. 
  • The right of portability: A company must export your data to a third-party client, should you request it.
Basically, we now have many more powers and a much more robust legal framework to counteract how businesses are using our personal data. Good news, eh?

For Businesses

Panel | GDPR Data Privacy & Security

Our GDPR-focused panel from Data Natives 2017 will talk you through everything you need to know about the GDPR from a business perspective: how the GDPR impacts everyone from startups to overseas companies, the obstacles of data anonymisation, and the penalties for non-compliance. Big thanks to our amazing panel for sharing their wisdom!

Your Rights with Data Natives

Data Natives is committed to upholding the GDPR, and honouring the rights of our users outlined above. We retain the names, locations, employment positions and email addresses of our newsletter subscribers, and use this solely for the purposes of newsletter distribution. If you would like to exercise your right to be forgotten, you may do so here. 

If you would like to review or amend the data we retain about you, reply to this email and we will happily take care of your request.

One Last Thing
Legal mumbo jumbo aside: preparations for Data Natives 2018 are heating up, and we can’t wait for you to see what we have in store on the 22nd and 23rd November! If you’d like to be a part of our Berlin-based conference bringing together tech, data science, art, healthcare, sustainability and much more, our Open Call for Pitches is still open- and we want to hear from you! Now’s your chance to share your data-based vision with the world, so don’t delay!

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