The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an important and globally-influential data and privacy law from the European Union. The GDPR applies to mobile apps that collect and process personal data of EU citizens. It doesn’t matter if your app is operated from outside of the EU. The GDPR will still apply.
The purpose of the GDPR is to provide improved privacy protection and control for EU citizens. It is designed to give individuals control of their personal data and to improve how businesses manage personal consumer data.
Under the GDPR, businesses that conduct transactions in the EU, including mobile apps, will be required to comply with the new data privacy rules. Failure to comply with this legislation could result in costly fines.
If you are an app developer or own a mobile app, this article will help you implement GDPR-compliant Privacy Policies and procedures.
- 1.GDPR Overview
- 2.Key Elements of the GDPR and How to Comply
- 2.1.Acquire Informed Consent and Provide Opt Out
- 2.2.Rights of Individuals
- 2.2.1.The Right to Access Data
- 2.2.2.The Right of Restriction of Processing
- 2.2.3.The Right to Data Portability
- 2.2.4.The Right to Object
- 2.2.5.The Right to Rectification
- 2.2.6.Right to Be Informed
- 2.2.7.Right to Erasure
- 2.3.Data Protection Officer (DPO)
- 2.4.Data Security
- 2.5.Data Protection Impact Assessment
- 3.Next Steps
The GDPR is an EU legislation that gives individuals certain rights regarding their personal information. It was announced in 2016 with a two-year transition period to provide time to comply.
Any mobile app that collects or processes the data of EU citizens falls under the jurisdiction of this regulation.
Regardless of where your business is based, if you have users from the EU, you should begin taking steps to comply with the GDPR.
The GDPR contains 99 articles with many new privacy requirements, including:
- Explicit consent from mobile app users before collecting their personal information
- Data protection by design and by default
- User access to data
- Right to data portability
- Right to be forgotten
- Strict implementation of the rules
- Right to know when one’s data has been breached
To ensure compliance with the new GDPR rules, mobile app owners need an app-specific approach to secure data moving to and from mobile devices, as well as several built-in controls for users to control their data.
Make sure to become familiar with Privacy by Design concepts and incorporate them into your GDPR compliance plan.