Why the rights of data subjects under the GDPR are so important?

By Frank van Vonderen

In today's digital world, personal data is everywhere. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) grants individuals specific rights regarding their personal data. But why are these rights so important, even if people rarely actively use them?

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The rights are the core of privacy and autonomy - The GDPR is about more than just regulating data processing; it's about ensuring our privacy and autonomy. The rights of data subjects enable individuals to maintain control over their personal information.

They prevent misuse - The GDPR rights help prevent the misuse of personal data. By guaranteeing rights such as access, rectification, and erasure, individuals have the means to take action if their data is misused.

They demonstrate the importance of transparency - The rights of data subjects compel companies to be transparent about how they collect and use data, which is essential for building trust.

Thus, the rights of data subjects under the GDPR are an essential part of our digital society. They provide protection, promote trust, and ensure a healthier interaction between individuals and organizations. But… people can only exercise their rights if they know they exist. As an organization, you can contribute to this by pointing people to these rights and, if they invoke their rights, responding quickly and adequately.

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