GDPR Definition of Competent Authorities

GDPR Definition of Competent Authorities

GDPR Definitions
Competent Authorities: A Definition References to "competent authorities" occur eight times in the GDPR.  So what and who are they, and why does the GDPR give them special access to personal data?  Does "competent" infer that "incompetent" authorities can't see your data?  (Good luck proving that one!) The GDPR does not define what a competent authority is.  Instead it refers to Directive (EU) 2016/680 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 where the phrase is defined.  This Directive is on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by competent authorities for the purposes of the prevention, investigation, detection or prosecution of criminal offences or the execution of criminal penalties, and on the free movement of such data and it essentially defines…
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GDPR Definition of Natural Persons and Legal Persons

GDPR Definition of Natural Persons and Legal Persons

GDPR Definitions
Natural Persons and Legal Persons: A Definition References to "natural person" occur 133 times times in the GDPR, and "legal person" 22 times.  So what are Natural Persons and Legal Persons and why doesn't the regulation just refer to "people" or "human beings"? Let's take natural persons first.  A natural person is a human being.  From birth (and depending on your nationality, sometimes before birth) a natural person such as you or I has certain rights under law. The GDPR applies only to natural persons who are living, as specified in Article 27, Article 158 and Article 160.  However, death does not signal a free-for-all on the personal data of the deceased.  Individual nations can and do apply their own regulations here, in particular to give the deceased person's family,…
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