How new European data protection laws will affect business travel

Companies that collect personal information on residents of the European Union will have to adhere to much stricter personal data protection laws when the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation takes effect May 25, 2018. The GDPR has broad global impact and is a key focus for BCD Travel, which recently released an overview document that explores what GDPR is and what travel programs need to know to ensure they adhere to it.

Download the report here.

What is GDPR?

 GDPR is an attempt to modernize EU data protection law and enhance individual rights and freedoms, consistent with the European understanding of privacy as a fundamental human right. It will affect organizations established in the EU, as well as other organizations involved in processing personal data of individuals in the EU—regardless of where an organization is established, and regardless of where its processing activities take place. The GDPR regulates, among other things, how organizations may obtain, use, store, and eliminate personal data.

GDPR defines personal data as a name, photo, email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information or a computer internet protocol (IP) address.

Highlights of the BCD Travel report include:

  • A definition of the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation and other relevant legal terms
  • An outline of BCD’s plans to prepare for GDPR
  • A brief explanation of BCD’s current data protection policies and processes
  • FAQs that explain more about how EU data protection laws apply to BCD services
  • The measures BCD takes to comply with EU data protection requirements

 For more information, download BCD Travel’s full GDPR report and contact your BCD account manager.