An Overview of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
The European Union (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into operation on 25 May 2018. It strengthens the protection and rights of an individual. It is based on the principle of privacy as a fundamental human right: individuals own their personal data and are able to control what happens to it. It shares many common requirements with the Australian Privacy Act 1988, but there are some key differences that are more stringent than the Privacy Act. These include: a new ‘accountability’ principle, changes to the definition of consent and expanded rights for individuals.
This fact sheet (available for Research Society Members and Partners only) gives an overview of the GDPR and its application to Australian organisations involved in research.
Resources available for Members and Partners
If you are a Member or Partner and require more information on GDPR please contact our Professional Standards Officer - firstname.lastname@example.org.