Hostinger is currently in the final stages of being fully compliant with the European General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which will come into effect on May 25, 2018.
What is the GDPR?
The GPDR is a regulation created by the European Commission. It defines how personal data of EU citizens anywhere in the world is used, and obliges the person or organisation who obtains the data to use it in accordance with the GDPR.
What constitutes personal data?
According to a European Union directive, personal data includes name, email, username, address, phone number, financial data, age, behavioural data and more.
Why is Hostinger taking GDPR so seriously?
Hostinger has examined its internal processes, and can confirm that it is already fully compliant with GDPR regulations. However, some legal technicalities are currently taking place, meaning we will be able to clearly present how Hostinger handles user data, plus how and what measures can be taken by any of our customer should they wish to fill out any kind of GDPR requests.
Hostinger’s decision to move towards fully GDPR compliance was – in addition to it being mandatory for a company operating in the European Union – customer service and data driven, and based on Hostinger customers asking how their data is being used by the company.
“GDPR compliance is now basic hygiene for any company,” said Hostinger CEO, Arnas Stuopelis. “From a company point of view, Hostinger is a company who makes its customers number one, and a company who places its customer’s data and its security at the top of our priorities. Therefore, employing the best practices surrounding data usage and adhering to them are of the utmost importance to us.”
How GDPR will help Hostinger customers stay informed and in control of their data
Hostinger believes that the GDPR is of great benefit to its customers, as it will give customers more power in controlling what and how companies use their data.”
From the date of the ruling’s implementation on May 25, any user who signs up for a free or paid service and provides their personal data, the service provider will be legally obligate to explicitly notify them how their personal data will be used before they complete their registration.
Whether the data is used for marketing and profiling purposes, or if there is the possibility of the data being subject to the sale or transfer to third-parties, it has to be explicitly stated in advance.
GDPR will allow customers to “be forgotten”
The GDPR will clarify Hostinger’s right to “be forgotten” policy. This means that Hostinger will be legally required to delete customer’s data and never use it again should the customer wish. Be aware that Hostinger already complies with this option. However, the details of the right to be forgotten will soon become clearer once the GDPR regulation comes into detail.
After selecting the right to be forgotten, customer data may be used in special circumstances to comply with some legal obligations such as the requirement to keep a copy of all invoices to comply with financial and tax legislation.
Should you have any further questions regarding what GDPR means for you as a value Hostinger customer, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us in the comments down below.
Thanks for listening!
– Your Hostinger Team