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GDPR & A2 Hosting

You’ve inevitably heard a lot about GDPR over the past few weeks and months. Learn more about how GDPR impacts you, your privacy and how A2 Hosting works to keep your data secure.

What Is GDPR?

GDPR is an abbreviation for General Data Protection Regulation. The regulation offers data protection and enhanced privacy for all individuals within the European Union (EU). The GDPR was adopted on April 14, 2016 and is enforced on May 25, 2018.

What Is The Purpose Of GDPR?

The GDPR aims to make a global set of regulations designed to give individuals more control and understanding regarding their personal data and how it is being used. It outlines new rules regarding how this personal data should be handled.

Who Is Subject to GDPR?

All companies located within the EU are subject to GDPR. Additionally, any company located outside of the EU who collects information about EU citizens must be in compliance with the new regulations. This will also include any Reseller users who are hosting European customers.

What Data Is Subject To GDPR?

Users’ names, email addresses and bank information are some of the data that is subject to these new regulations. More specifically, GDPR defines personal data as:

“any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘data subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person;”

How Does GDPR Impact A2 Hosting & Your Business?

Organizations are required to receive consent from individuals when storing user’s personal information. This consent can be implied based on the relationship between the user and the organization. Individuals must have access to the information that is being shared and be able to view what information is stored. Individuals must also be able to withdraw their consent to share this information at any time. Additionally, any breaches regarding this data must be disclosed by the company within 72-hours of it occurring.

A2 Hosting & GDPR?

We are hard at work updating our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service for the May 25th GDPR launch date. Not only is A2 Hosting committed to offering the best and fastest hosting in the industry, we are committed to keeping your information secure. We take your privacy extremely seriously. Our Privacy Policy will include key updates to our policies while clearly defining our data storage, information processing practices and our customer relationships. Our Terms of Service updates will include the addition of a Data Protection Addendum (DPA) to legitimize data transfer, including standard clauses for EU and non-EU data transfers.  You will receive more information soon once these updates are available.

Visit the EU GDPR site for comprehensive details about these new regulations.

About Brad Litwin

Brad Litwin is the Marketing Manager for A2 Hosting. He has been with the company since 2007. His specialties include affiliate marketing, content writing and SEO. In his spare time he enjoys running and reading.

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