As of May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation, briefly GDPR, will apply in the European Union. It contains regulations regarding the processing and the protection of your personal data. This document provides you with the essential information regarding data protection in a summarized form.
What is GDPR?
The GDPR is a regulation of the European Union. It is directly applicable in every member state of the EU, hence also in Austria. Every natural person can refer to the GDPR if his/ her data is being processed.
What does the GDPR regulate?
The GDPR contains regulations on processing of you personal data. This includes for example your name, phone number, your account turnover or your hobbies – all of this is protected by the GDPR. The principles stipulated by the GDPR regulate how your personal data can be stored or processed.
Why is there still an Austrian data protection law (DSG 2018)?
Not only has the European Union adopted the GDPR, but it has introduced a complete data protection package. A part of this package was the new data protection guideline. What differs a guideline from a regulation? A guideline has to be translated into national law in order to become effective.
Furthermore, the GDPR leaves room for the member states to manage certain aspects in more detail. Austria is covered both by the “Datenschutz-Anpassungsgesetz 2018” (DSG or DSG 2018) as well as the GDPR. If appropriate for you, we will always consider the DSG 2018 as well for you.
Why is it important to protect my data?
Data protection is a basic right. Your right of data protection is anchored in the EU-Charter of Fundamental Rights the same way as your right to freedom and right to safety. The EU-Charter of Fundamental Rights is valid between you and state institutions.
Furthermore, it is legally accepted that the private and business sector also have to ensure a balanced relationship of interest between data processor and data subject – e.g. between you and your bank. These rules can be found in the GDPR and DSG 2018.
Personal data provide a lot of information about us: our hobbies, preferences and dreams may become apparent. Evidently, this is worth protecting. However, we are only able to improve our services for you individually, if we understand your preferences. A core element of data protection is to find a common ground on how your personal data can be processed in your interest under our supervision.
A core element of data protection is that we can together find a way in which we can process your data in your interest and under your supervision.