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What is GDPR?

The GDPR (or General Data Protection Regulation) is an effort from the European Commission and the EU to ensure that EU citizens’ personal data is handled in the appropriate manner by organizations who hold their data. Some call it an effort to give citizens back their right to manage their own data. The GDPR adoption should, therefore, result in protections for European citizens' personal data and the means for citizens to have their data portable. The critical takeaway is that the GDPR ensures that consumers and companies know their data is secure.

The GDPR document has 173 recitals and 99 articles. The recitals give explanations of the law in more of a vernacular so that (and this is the goal here) almost anyone can understand them.

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