A lot has been written about the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the updated Directive on Privacy and Electronic Communications (E-Privacy Directive). However, before entering into details, we should all make sure that we understand what personal data is under the upcoming EU regulations and hence which information is protected by the Law.

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Not all information is personal data. For instance, anonymous information- information which does not relate to an identified or identifiable natural person; in other words, the data subject is not longer identifiable, is not protected by the data protection principles. e.g. the Dutch man with a long beard living in Amsterdam.

Another case is the information that is publicly available by Law and consequently lawfully processed. e.g., the Registrar of Companies is legally obliged to maintain a public register of some specific information about companies, which includes full name and addresses of company Directors.

The following infographic aims to provide you in a glance with the main points of what you should understand for “personal data” under the GDPR. Which should help anyone to clarify whether a processing of “X” data is protected by the data protection regulations.

Each lawinfographic has a visual presentation and keywords that will allow any person to comprehend at a glance the main topic. The lawinfographic and article contain several examples that have been taken from the EU law, regulations, guidelines and opinions on the matter and have been precisely referred in the documents. If you require more information, do not hesitate to consult the sources (below) or to contact me, you can leave me a comment or reach me on Linkedin.

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2 thoughts on “What is Personal Data?

  1. Hello,
    you wrote:
    Another example is the information
    that is publicly available by Law.
    e.g. the Registrar of Companies is
    legally obliged to maintain a public
    register of some specific information
    about companies, which includes full
    name and addresses of company Directors.
    Do you mean, that information which
    publicly available by Law are not
    personal data?
    Regards

  2. Hello,
    No, what I mean is that is lawful to process personal data when is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority.
    Regards,

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