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Right to data portability

Right to data portability definition

The right to data portability is outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the European Union. It grants individuals the right to get a copy of their personal data that they’ve provided to a business or organization. It must be presented in a structured, commonly used, and readable format. The right to data portability also allows you to transmit this data to another business or organization without restrictions.

This right is applicable when processing is based on consent or a contract and is done automatically. It is meant to empower users by improving the control they have over their personal information. For example, because of it, you can transfer all the contacts and photos from one online platform to another.

See also: GDPR, privacy policy

History of the right to data portability

GDPR became effective on May 25, 2018. The law emerged from the EU's growing attention to personal data protection. It reflects the need for flexibility in data handling and user mobility and autonomy while also preventing the growth of data monopolies.