protection of personal data & privacy
The protection of privacy is regulated in various laws and treaties. The most important law in this area is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) , also known as the 'privacy law' in everyday parlance.
Rules regarding mailings, spam and cookies are stated in the Telecommunications Act .
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The GDPR came into effect on May 25, 2018. This largely equalized the differences in privacy in the European countries. The Netherlands was already familiar with the Data Breach Reporting Act, which has broadly the same provisions as the GDPR with regard to data leaks.
The GDPR contains rules for the processing of personal data, with the emphasis on the automated processing of personal data.
When does the General Data Protection Regulation apply?
The GDPR does not apply to every processing of personal data. For example, the GDPR does not apply to the processing of personal data for personal or household purposes only. Examples include personal notes, or a list of addresses and phone numbers of friends and family.
In addition, the applicability of the GDPR is excluded for the processing of personal data by intelligence and security services, for the performance of the police task and in a few other cases described by law.