It’s 2018, a few days after the European GDPR became “law of the lands”. My life was unaffected by this until a few months ago when I realized I had a few blogs and webapps that needed fixing. Since then I started a journey into what GDPR is and is not. But always from the viewpoint of a data processor, someone who has to uphold certain standards.
But there is another side of this story. One that I have not heard so much about in my online feeds, neither on Medium, Facebook nor LinkedIn.
What are we private citizens of the EU doing with GDPR? Finally we have a nicely packed “new” right. Without exercising it we are no more educated, we don’t take privacy seriously. So: here it is.
I’ll be doing the journey and will exercise my GDPR-rights, and will share some insights on the way.
To get started easily, here two key resources that make this easy:
- A service by http://selbstauskunft.net who have a database of many companies and their contact details, and they will send the data requests to these companies on your behalf. Seems to be Germany-only, but good enough for me.
- The “GDPR-letter from hell”. Originally published on LinkedIn by Constantine Karbaliotis, who is a working for Privacy Services at PwC Canada. German translation by @saschaludwig.
Let’s see how this goes. The first 10 requests have been sent, and responses are expected within 30 days, as demanded by GDPR.