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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control back to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU. When the GDPR takes effect, it will replace the 1995 Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC).
It was adopted on 27 April 2016. It becomes enforceable from 25 May 2018, after a two-year transition period.
Unlike a directive, it does not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation and so it is directly binding and applicable.
Please note this information was accessed (extracted from) on wikipedia on 28 March 2018. You are responsible for checking the accuracy of information which applies to your business.