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Everyone has the right to protection of personal data

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I’m telling you this, because everything related to data can now become a big headache for websites, businesses and government agencies. A general rule for the protection of EU data (GNP) has been introduced, setting new standards for the collection and use of private data in Europe.

The new standards are aimed at strengthening the control of citizens for their personal data.

Consumers can ask how their data is used, for example, if they keep a loyalty card for supermarkets and want to know what information was collected about their purchases and with whom it was provided. The GDPR applies to the data of any living person that is processed by an individual, company or organization, except when it is for purely personal reasons, for example, a party invitation.

This includes a person’s name, email address, ID number, IP address and other information, regardless of whether they are stored digitally, on paper or in any other ways.

The new rules could not be more timely, following the revelations in recent months that Facebook misused data from 87 million users around the world.

In fact, GDP over the years of work is revising the EU data protection rules that apply to 1995, before social networks such as Google, Facebook or YouTube appear.

Data protection is enshrined in the statute of basic EU rights, published in 2000: “Everyone has the right to protection of personal data relating to him or her,” the document says.

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Ingvar Henry Lotts
Dr. Ingvar Henry Lotts is the founder of the Baltic Review (ISSN 2029-2643). He is member of the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Editor-in-Chief & Publisher of the BALTIC REVIEW and President of the Union of Lithuanian Germans (LVS). Ingvar Henry Lotts lives in Vilnius with his wife Elvyra, a orphanage director, and their daughter Anna-Gertruda, student of the Vilnius University.

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