Recently launched General Data Protection Regulation is applied throughout Europe. But what is the DSGVO anyway? When does it come into force? And who cares? We clarify the most important questions.

What is the GDPR?

DSGVO is the common abbreviation for the General Data Protection Regulation . With the GDPR, the European Union wants to create a uniform legal framework for the processing and storage of personal data.

When does the GDPR come into force?

The DSGVO has already come into force, but only with the deadline of May 25, 2018, its effect. There is neither a prolonged transitional period nor any other mitigating factors for companies that missed the transition.

What exactly does the DSGVO mean?

The DSGVO companies expect, among other things, increased documentation requirements. You must be able to demonstrate the legality of your data processing activities to regulators at all times.

Who concerns the GDPR?

The GDPR concerns all companies that collect and store personal data of employees or customers. These include traditional businesses as well as agencies, online shops, hosters, and technology startups.

Why is the DSGVO important to me?

Those who can not prove the proper processing of data or lose important evidence, risking depending on the seriousness of the infringements sensitive fines up to 20 million euros or four percent of annual turnover.

Do I need a data protection officer?

According to Article 37 of the GDPR, a data protection officer needs all companies in which personal data are processed automatically. These include, for example, names, e-mail addresses, account numbers or customer location data. But there is one exception: If you employ less than ten employees on a regular basis, you do not need a data protection officer.

What can I do to protect myself?

Companies have neither the time nor the desire to prepare for the DSGVO with hours of consultant discussions or often expensive seminars. The same applies to the annoying creation of completely new contracts and documents. For this reason, t3n and the certified data protection experts from audits Consulting have developed a DSGVO rescue package including templates and web-based data protection software.