General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Compliance

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which formally took effect May 25, 2018, is intended to affect organizations worldwide, including universities. The GDPR:

  • Replaces the Data Protection Directive 95/46/ec as the primary law regulating how companies and organizations protect the personal data of European Union (EU) residents.
  • Expands personal privacy rights for EU residents and also affects non-EU citizens located in the EU.
  • Mandates a baseline set of standards for organizations that handle certain personal and other data of individuals located in the EU to better safeguard the processing and movement of that data.
  • Applies to institutions with no physical EU presence if they control or process covered information (irrespective of whether the subject individuals are EU citizens).
  • Calls for fines of up to 4% of annual global turnover, or 20 million euros, whichever is more, for violations of the regulation.

Kent State University GDPR Compliance Program

Kent State University is developing a GDPR compliance program. The University Data Protection Officer created a working group. The GDPR team is working to develop a risk-based GDPR compliance strategy and develop recommendations for an ongoing, sustainable GDPR compliance program.


For more information, please see Kent State University Data Privacy Statement or the Official EU Commission Site