Are U.S.-Based Organizations Free from GDPR Regulations? 

What is it?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) began on 25 May 2018 and is designed to protect the personal data of people living in the European Union (EU). Officially, it’s the EU’s enforceable law which protects how a consumer’s personal data is stored, processed, and destroyed after it’s no longer needed. The GDPR is an upgrade from the Data Protection Directive (DPD) of 1995.

The GDPR aims to protect individual data, broadens parties accountable for protecting individual data, and provides a single requirement for all parties responsible for individual data.

The Long Arm of the Law

Organizations (including the US) doing business in the EU or collecting data on individuals living in the EU need to know the rules, otherwise you can face devastating penalties. The most important part of the GDPR for organizations outside the EU is territorial scope. Read Article 3 of the GDPR here.

What that means

If an individual is in the EU when you collect their data, the rules of the GDPR apply. It doesn’t matter if the data collector is third party, outside the EU, or whether payment was received. However, if the individual is outside the EU, the GDPR does not apply, even if the individual is a citizen of the EU.

Don’t Stress

MyQ includes many features to help your organization comply with the new GDPR rules. Features such as pull printing ensures only authorized individuals have access to documents and data, eliminating the threat of lost or stolen documents. MyQ tracking and reporting features secure individual data and grant individuals the “right to access” their data and the “right to be forgotten” as they choose.

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