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Right to restrict processing

Right to restrict processing definition

The right to restrict processing is a rule or legal concept under regulations like “GDPR.” The right to restrict processing means that individuals can ask a company or organization to limit or stop using their personal data. This action is requested when individuals know there is inaccuracy in their personal information, unlawful processing, or any similar trouble. This action helps to protect their privacy and personal information while the problem is solved.

See also: data breach

Common right to restrict processing applications:

  • Legal disputes: In some scenarios where the data legality of data processing is under legal investigation, individuals can ask for a restriction to prevent further information processing until the matter is finished or resolved.
  • Data accuracy: When the individual believes their data is incomplete or inaccurate, they can ask for a restriction on its processing until the information is corrected. These actions can ensure that incorrect information will not be used to make decisions in the future.
  • Pending erasure requests: Suppose someone requests to erase their information, but the organization or company still evaluates the request. In that case, the individual can ask for restricted processing to prevent any additional processing of the information during that assessment period. That ensures the preservation of individuals' privacy and their data integrity.