GDPR, Van Herreweghe & De Graeve Advocaten and You
This article aims to answer any questions you might have about the General Data Protection Regulation, and explain what happens at the intersection between GDPR, Van Herreweghe & De Graeve Advocaten and you.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU).
This regulation defines the roles and processes organizations must implement to ensure that any personal data they possess is secure and processed under a legal basis which could be the consent of the person, legitimate interest or other ground under the GDPR.
In short, the EU commission felt that people should have more say about how their personal data is processed, especially by tech companies, so they passed a regulation that aims to improve how organizations collect, protect and secure personal information, and provide EU and EEA citizens with greater control over their data.
It’s not about stopping companies from processing personal data, but ensuring it is looked after properly, kept accurate and not abused.
Once GDPR comes into effect on May 25, 2018, it will immediately become law in all EU member states, and every organization will have to adhere to its processes. Even companies outside the EU will have to comply with the GDPR if they do business within the European Economic Area.
What is personal data?
Any piece of information that can identify a living individual is considered personal data. Even a single email address is considered personal data.
What rights do I have?
The core of GDPR is to provide anyone with rights they can exercise against organizations processing their personal data.
Will companies comply?
EU companies and companies that process EU citizens data are obliged to comply with the new regulation and act on any requests from persons wishing to exercise their rights.
If they don’t, GDPR fines can go up to twenty million Euros or 4 percent of annual global revenue, whichever is highest.
What information is tracked?
When you use Van Herreweghe & De Graeve Advocaten and you provide us with your profile, we record and process the following information.
We do not collect any personal data about you which is made available outside our platform.
Profile data, possibly including name, date of birth, location, work experience, skills, education, contact information, e-mail address and other personal information related to the information we need to have in order to work in the lawyers office. Application data, including responses.
Messages sent to and received from you or us or other parties involved.
How does Van Herreweghe & De Graeve Advocaten use that information?
We try to limit our use of the above mentioned information as much as possible. That said, we perform the following actions.
What rights do I have regarding my information?
Under GDPR, you have strong rights related to your data, and how Van Herreweghe & De Graeve Advocaten makes use of it. In other words, you have absolute rights to:
To invoke these rights, simply email Vaast@iura.be and submit your request.