What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) and is a regulation by which the European Union seeks to strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU).  GDPR sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU.  It enters into force on 25 May 2018.

“GDPR is a new regulation entering into force on 25 May 2018 which seeks to strengthen and unify personal data protection for all individuals within the EU”.

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Key information on GDPR

  • GDPR seeks to protect the collection and handling of personal data within the EU
  • It sets clear guidelines to ensure that personal data is used only for the purpose for which it was collected
  • It allows data subjects to amend their rights whenever they like and to contact the Data Protection Officer (DPO) with their request or concern.

You can also view our GDPR video which gives full information on GDPR and what its implications, below.

 

Why GDPR?

In an increasingly digital world, the aim of the new regulation is to ensure more protection to individuals for the collection and processing of their personal data. 

GDPR therefore seeks to:

  • harmonise the treatment of personal data across the EU
  • ease personal data flow throughout the 28 EU member states
  • catch up with the significant increase of Digital communications , such as social media
  • extend the rights of data subjects
  • make privacy by design the norm.

“GDPR sets clear guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the EU and allows for a certain number of rights to be exercised”.

 

How is personal data defined under GDPR?

Personal data means any information (such as name, ID number, location data, email address etc) which allows an individual to be identified directly or indirectly.  The new regulation now requires that individuals have a fair lawful and transparent treatment of  their personal data by companies and that they have a number of rights in relation to this data.

GDPR also includes specific requirements for the processing of  special categories of personal data or sensitive data.  This includes categories such as racial or ethnic origin, political opinion, religious belief, health information …   

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What are the data subject’s rights under GDPR?

Data subjects have the right to receive clear and understandable information about:

  • Who is processing their data
  • What data is being processed
  • What is the purpose of processing their data

They also have the right to request access to their personal data held by an organisation to correct it if needed and to restrict the processing of their data.

They can also request that their current service provider transmits, or not, their personal data to another service provider eg. when switching from one internet social network to another.

They also have the right to be forgotten which means that the data subject can ask for their personal data to be deleted if they no longer wish for it to be processed and where there is no legitimate reason for the company to keep it.

 

What does GDPR mean for OneLife clients?

If you are a client of OneLife, you have already given us consent to use your personal data as part of the General Terms & Conditions you signed when you subscribed your life assurance policy with us.  However, you may wish to exercise one or more of your rights under GDPR.  In this case, please send a request by email to the OneLife Data Protection Officer .  The email address is: dpo@onelife.eu.com please click here to access our dedicated DP Rights tool (available as of 25th May 2018).

 

What does GDPR mean for those visiting the OneLife website?

For those who are visiting our website, www.onelife.eu.com, there is a new legal mention and Website Privacy Policy in place including details regarding our cookies.  Click here to view!  Should you wish to choose which cookies from your visit to the OneLife website you want to allow or not, please visit our special Cookie page here.

 “OneLife is committed to security and data protection and works closely with its partners, clients and prospects to ensure that its obligations are fully met”.

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Who do I contact if I need assistance?

If you would like further assistance related to your data protection rights under GDPR please do not hesitate to contact us on dpo@onelife.eu.com.