The new EU Data Protection Directive (Directive 95/46/EC) - a concern for campus card administrators

At the ECCA 2017 conference workshop, there was a wide range of discussions on the possible effects of the new European Data Protection legislation in relation to the use and storage of data in the production, personalization and use of campus cards. This new Data Protection Directive, which will apply from 25th May 2018, will require institutions within the EU to comply, protect and safe guard all Personal Identifiable Information (PII).

The objective of this new Data Protection Directive is to set rules that will give EU citizens back control over of their personal data, and to simplify the regulatory environment for business. The data protection reform will become a key enabler of the Digital Single Market which the Commission has prioritised. This reform will allow EU citizens and businesses to fully benefit from the digital economy.

Everyone has the right to the protection of personal data, and this personal data can only be gathered legally under strict conditions, for a legitimate purpose. Furthermore, persons or institutions which collect and manage personal information must protect it from misuse and must respect certain rights of the data owners which are guaranteed by EU law.

A discussion paper on the effects of the new Data Protection Directive and how it may effect the operation of campus cards systems will be produced later this year by ECCA. The view and suggestions from both our educational and corporate members would be of great assistance in the production of this paper.

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