All things GDPR: Definitions for commonly used terms in GDPR

All things GDPR

We’ve all been hearing gdpr complianta lot about GDPR, and there’s no doubt that many of us are scrambling to ensure compliance by the ever-nearing May 25, 2018. While we don’t have all the answers, we like to think we have most of them from our own research and preparations to be GDPR compliant – and we want to share them with you.

Over the next few weeks, we will cover the first things to ask yourself about your policies and procedures, obstacles you can tackle one step at a time, action items to maintain your compliance, and your questions on GDPR from our mailbag.

Definitions for commonly used terms in GDPR

We’ve started this series with the basics – the definitions for commonly used terms in GDPR. While we may know many of these terms, they have been imbued with new meaning in the context of GDPR. We’ve whipped together a few of the terms we’ve seen cause a fair amount of gray area around GDPR in this slideshow:


These definitions have been selected and taken directly from Article 4 of GDPR and edited lightly to accommodate American English spelling. These and more definitions can be found here.


This is not legal advice for your company to use in complying with the GDPR. We insist you consult an attorney for advice on applying the law to your specific circumstances. You may not rely on this post as legal advice, nor as a recommendation of any particular legal understanding.

If you want to read more of our GDPR posts, check them out here and here.