Everything #HR Needs to Know About GDPR

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No matter where you are, you’ve probably seen some mention of the General Data Protection Regulation (aka GDPR). The aim of the GDPR is to protect all European Union (EU) citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world. It’s an extension of a 1995 law from a time when, I think we’d all agree, technology was vastly different.

Some readers might be saying to themselves, “I’m not in the EU so this law doesn’t apply to our organization. I’ll just skip today’s HR Bartender article.” Well, not so fast. The GDPR does have implications for organizations that have customers or employees in the EU, regardless of where your offices are located.

I asked Tom Wetherill, Unum’s head of privacy and financial in the United Kingdom, if he would share some information with us about the GDPR regulations and what it means for HR. Thankfully, he said yes.

Just as a reminder, Tom is offering general information about the new regulation, not legal advice. If you have any specific questions about how GDPR impacts your business, you should contact your friendly neighborhood counsel.

Tom, can you give readers a brief description of GDPR.

[Wetherill] I would describe GDPR as an enhancement of current

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