What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation or GDPR is a comprehensive privacy regulation passed by the European Union (EU) in 2016 that went into effect on May 25, 2018. It supersedes the 1995 Data Protection Directive and seeks to standardize data protection rules among EU member states.

The GDPR reinforces people's rights to manage their personal data and places additional requirements on businesses that gather, use, and store such data. No matter where the organization is based, it applies to all entities that process the personal data of EU citizens. It strives to safeguard people's basic freedoms and rights, including their right to privacy and the security of their personal information.

According to the GDPR, businesses, and organizations must adhere to rigorous guidelines on collecting, storing, processing, and protecting personal data. The regulation allows users to access greater control over their personal information, including the power to inspect, correct, and delete such details. Moreover, it mandates that businesses get individuals' express consent before processing their personal data and notify them in the advent of a data breach.

Who does GDPR apply to?

The GDPR applies to all enterprises that collect or process personal data from EU individuals, regardless of their location. This implies that organizations operating outside the EU may still be liable to GDPR if they handle data belonging to EU citizens. The GDPR imposes a variety of obligations on enterprises that handle personal data, such as the necessity to get express consent from individuals before collecting or processing their data, as well as the responsibility to inform individuals in the case of a data breach.

The regulation specifies how businesses and organizations must acquire, store, handle, and safeguard personal data. It provides people more control over their personal data, including the ability to access, correct, and delete it. It strives to preserve individuals' basic rights and freedoms, such as their right to privacy and the protection of their personal data.

The GDPR's core principles include the following:

  • Individuals must provide explicit and informed consent before organizations acquire, handle, or store their personal data.
  • Businesses must give clear and simple information about how they utilize personal data in order to be transparent.
  • People have the right to seek access to and get a copy of their personal data.
  • People have the right to have their personal data erased or destroyed under specific conditions.
  • Companies are required to inform authorities of any data breaches that may affect people's rights and freedoms.

Enterprises must take actions to maintain regulatory compliance, such as completing frequent data protection impact assessments, installing suitable security measures, and designating a data protection officer. Failure to comply with the GDPR can result in hefty penalties, including fines of up to 4% of overall sales or €20 million, whichever is greater.


With the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, data protection and compliance have become more critical than ever before. As organizations collect, store, and process large amounts of data, they need to ensure that their data protection measures comply with the GDPR requirements. Luckily, HPE provides a range of solutions that can help organizations comply with GDPR requirements.

HPE GreenLake for Managed IT Compliance is a solution that can help organizations identify and remediate security gaps. It provides compliance monitoring and proactive remediation, all delivered as a managed service. With this solution, organizations can ensure that their applications and data are well-protected against potential security breaches and that they comply with GDPR requirements.

Another solution from HPE is the HPE GreenLake for Backup and Recovery, which can help organizations protect their data and meet GDPR requirements for data availability and recovery. This cloud-based backup and recovery service provides backup and recovery for applications, databases, and file systems. It also allows organizations to define backup policies and retention periods, ensuring that they meet GDPR requirements for data retention.

The HPE GreenLake for Disaster Recovery is another solution that can help organizations comply with GDPR requirements. This cloud-based Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS) solution allows businesses to safeguard vital data and applications in the case of a disaster or outage. Customers can develop and manage their own disaster recovery plans using HPE GreenLake for Disaster Recovery, choosing the recovery point objective (RPO) and recovery time objective (RTO) that best meets their needs. HPE provides the infrastructure, software, and services needed to run the disaster recovery solution, while customers only pay for the resources they use, making it a cost-effective, scalable, and adaptable disaster recovery solution.