Data portability: Who is it really targeted to?

By 10. May 2018October 5th, 2020No Comments
Data portability

When thinking of the upcoming changes with the GDPR, find out who data portability is targetting. 

When thinking of the upcoming changes with the GDPR, find out who data portability is for.

The GDPR is not just another regulatory change; it is the most important change to European data regulation in 20 years, and it involves new rights for consumers, such as the right to be forgotten and the right to data portability. It also strengthens the concept of consent.

New realities such as big data and the treatment of data on social networks (the recent Facebook scandal is a good example) call for a more solid, coherent framework for personal data protection in the European Union. So who is data protection, data portability, and right to be forgotten for?

It really is for Europeans of all ages, though most especially those over 54, as indicated by the 2017 survey Global Web Index. It also reveals that 57% of the so-called Generation Z, young people between 16 and 20, are concerned about how their data is used by companies. Among ‘millennials’ (those between 21 and 34 years old), the figure is 58%, and among Gen-Xers (those between 35 and 53) the figure rises to 61%.

The new right for European consumers regarding data portability consists of allowing individuals to ask a company that manages his or her data to hand over all of their personal data, or to deliver it to another company. This data has to be delivered to other companies in a commonly-used, machine-readable, structured format, when technically feasible.

Regarding the right to be forgotten, the owner of the personal data has the right to have his or her data erased or destroyed.

This is for everybody, as everyone is online in some sort of platform or associated with some sort of organization or company. And for companies who do not comply with the new regulations it can become very expensive.

Want to read more about it? Read the full article here.

Individuals who want more insight into how their data is used and companies who want to comply with data portability regulations can reach out for help here.