Have you noticed that everyone is updating their policies before 25 May? Why?What is General Data Protection Regulation and why it is important? The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 will be effective from 25 May 2018(after four years of preparation and debate the GDPR was finally approved by the EU Parliament on 14 April 2016). It is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union. It also addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.