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Compliance and the GDPR

By: Vanessa Mitchell Tuesday, 23 October 2018



The European Union’s (EU) Privacy Law, also known as General Data Privacy Regulation (GDPR) required all businesses to comply with data protection regulations as of May 25, 2018. The GDPR’s purpose is to ensure all organizations fulfill the obligations set forth for the protection of personal data of EU citizens. The European Commission states on its website: “Regulation (EU) 2016/6791, the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation, regulates the processing by an individual, a company or an organization of personal data relating to individuals in the EU.” Personal data includes but is not limited to: name, address email, ID number, IP address, and phone location data.

Rules for Business and Organizations

Organizations have many obligations under the GDPR including (but not limited to):

  • Updating Privacy Policies
  • Appointment of a Data Privacy Officer (specific organizations only)
  • Performing Data Privacy Impact Assessments while implementing new technologies
  • Report Breaches within 72 Hours
  • Ability to demonstrate compliance to EU
  • Adherence to personal data regulations, such as:
  • Utilize data for a specific purpose
  • Data minimization: only collect required information
  • Ensure information is correct
  • Secure data through appropriate safeguards

Rights for EU Citizens

EU Citizens has several rights as outlined in the GDPR when it comes to their personal data. These rights include:

  • Knowledge of what the data is being used for
  • Access to the data
  • Request incorrect information to be corrected
  • Request removal of data when it’s no longer needed
  • Objecting to the use of your data for marketing purposes
  • Restricting your data

Please reference the GDPR for a complete list of rights.

Choice Screening Compliance

Choice Screening prides ourselves on education, service, and compliance. Our Compliance Department works tirelessly to ensure our compliance on laws and regulations around the globe. Our privacy policy is continually updated and our technology department is constantly improving practices to ensure compliance with the GDPR obligations. We periodically review FCRA regulations and create solutions for our clients in order to help you remain compliant. The background screening industry is frequently changing and improving. As a hiring manager, it is difficult to stay informed on all the changes; but, by subscribing to our blog, you will get industry specific information straight to your inbox. Finally, our dedicated account executives and support team are committed to educating you on the nuances of the background screening industry. Learn more about The Choice Difference.

This blog is a brief overview of the recent GDPR updates and is not intended to offer legal advice. Consult an attorney for interpretation and advice regarding GDPR.

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Vanessa Mitchell

Vanessa Mitchell

Passionate blogger dedicated to making your life easier when it comes to background screening.