Nina Nguyen I 18.08.2021
The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been in force since 25 May 2018 and serves to protect personal data. Since then, (web) companies have always had to keep abreast of innovations and the conformity of their collection and processing of personal data, because the requirements and information obligations have been constantly tightening since this regulation came into force. Each and every one of us has the right to determine what happens (or is not allowed to happen) to our data. In times of inexorably advancing technological achievements and constantly new leaks, hacking attacks and data scandals, companies with a website need to be all the more careful about the issue of data protection.
Why? Data privacy violations are very expensive. Since May 2018, fines of up to 20 million euros or 4% of the previous year's turnover have been threatened. A good and well-known example from the social media world is the data protection breach of the platform TikTok in the Netherlands. This incident shows that companies in the international context need to look even more closely at whether they are still complying with all data protection guidelines in other countries in order to avoid heavy fines and bad publicity.
In some cases, further information is required, such as the responsible supervisory authorities, commercial, association, partnership or cooperative registers, the person responsible for the content and the VAT or business identification number.
The easiest way for visitors to get in touch with you is via a contact form. Since personal data is transmitted, this form must be in conformity with data protection regulations under all circumstances. The same principle applies to other forms, such as the newsletter, registration, login or checkout in an online shop.
Personal data may not be read, copied, changed or deleted by unauthorised persons during transmission between the computer and the server. The transmission must therefore be encrypted, e.g. with an SSL certificate ("Secure Sockets Layer"), which ensures encrypted communication between computer and server.
These contracts must be concluded with all third parties to whom personal data is disclosed in exchange for their services. The core components are the subject and duration of the agreement, the type and purpose of the processing of personal data, the rights and obligations of the principal, the obligations of the contractor, the documentation and cooperation obligations as well as technical and organisational measures.
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