General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
After four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016, with a start date of 25 May 2018.
All businesses, world-wide, who hold data of people within the EU, are required to follow these regulations.
Geenee.com extends this cover to all our members world-wide.
The main aspects of GDPR as it applies to Geenee.com are as follows:
- All site visitors must give specific permission before receiving emails from the company. We can no longer assume that you are happy to receive emails.
- Any personal data held must be freely available to the subject of the data.
- Geenee.com is required to send you your personal data in a machine readable format.
We believe that whilst the regulations are a good idea in principle, they do not really help Geenee members, for reasons which are specific to Geenee.com, but we are happy to conform to the regulations.
With regard to the first point, All site visitors must give specific permission before receiving emails from the company, we have added a checkbox to the login form. When you log in, you are agreeing to accept emails. Of course, we would assume that you would want to receive messages from other exchangers wishing to exchange with you, or responding to your requests for an exchange, but we are no longer allowed to assume that.
The second point, Any personal data held must be freely available to the subject of the data, you can log in and check all the information that we hold about you. It's all information that you yourself have added, and you are encouraged to change the information yourself if you wish to. We do not hold any information about you, that is not visible to you when you log in.
The third point, Geenee.com is required to send you your personal data in a machine readable format, requires a little more explanation.
From the EU GDPR site:
'If a company is processing your personal data on the basis of your consent or a contract, you can ask the company to transfer your personal data to you.'
This data can be in XML or JSON format (Geenee has chosen XML), and contains all the data that we are holding about you. It is details that you have given us about yourself, properties that you have listed, and contacts that you have made with other members. It can be read by a human, with difficulty, but is designed more for companies like phone companies. The idea is that you can pass the data to another phone company, and it will show things like phone usage, calls, data usage, etc., so that the second company can make a quote for you. However, there is no format specified, so this is not as simple as it would first appear.
You can take a copy of your GDPR XML data at any time, by logging in and going to 'My Details' -> 'About Me'.
Once the data is on screen, you can save it to your computer if you wish. The exact way to save it depends on the browser that you are using, but usually involves click something like File -> Save Page As or File -> Print
REMEMBER, YOUR INFORMATION IS ONLY AVAILABLE TO YOU.
OTHER MEMBERS CAN ONLY SEE THEIR OWN DATA.