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General Data Protection Regulation
Posted by Tony B., Last modified by Tony B. on 18 May 2018 03:14 PM

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a legal framework that sets guidelines for the collection and processing of personal information of individuals within the European Union (EU)


What is personal data?

"personal data" shall mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person ('Data Subject'); an identifiable person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identification number or to one or more factors specific to his physical, physiological, mental, economic, cultural or social identity.


How does this affect me?

Individuals and companies providing services to EU residents are required by law to comply. The GDPR requires you comply with it’s terms by May 25, 2018. If you are a resident of the EU then this law will apply to your personal data on your account with us.

Hawk Host privacy policy outlines how we collect and handle your personal data.

What rights does GDPR provide to EU residents?

The GDPR provides the following rights for individuals:

  • The right to be informed
  • The right of access
  • The right to rectification
  • The right to erasure
  • The right to restrict processing
  • The right to data portability
  • The right to object
  • Rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling.


What is Hawk Host doing to comply with GDPR?

Hawk Host is working behind the scenes to update software, as well as reviewing and updating as necessary agreements, policies and internal processes.


What do I need to do to be compliant with GDPR?

Under the GDPR there are two parties which have accountability when dealing with personal data, the controller and the processor. A controller determines the purposes and means of processing personal data. A processor is responsible for processing personal data on behalf of a controller.


How does this affect you as an EU consumer when using Hawk Host?

Hawk Host would be the controller when handling YOUR personal data as our customer. As of May 25th if you are based in the EU we will no longer publicly display your WHOIS data. Your WHOIS data will however be granted as necessary for technical reasons (such as domain transfers) or when law enforcement is legally entitled to such information.


How this affects a business owner that may have EU customer data?

In certain situations you may be acting as the controller. For example when you decide to have your customers information uploaded or transferred into your account. We ask you to seek your own legal advice where you believe it is necessary.

Our Terms of service are in the process of being updated to make clear YOU will be responsible for personal data of your users.


Additional Notes

This document will continually be updated as we receive feedback from customers and continue to do our in the background changes necessary for GDPR.
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