Updated: Apr 13, 2020
Data subjects are any people who have their personal data collected, held and/or, processed. Personal data constitutes information that is unique to an individual person such as their name, their home address, their phone number or anything within that lane.
Because an individual’s personal data is so significant especially for situations like applying for a job or buying something online, anybody is prone to becoming a data subject. People become data subjects in order for companies to be productive and run their business efficiently as this information are significant drivers for their transactions.
Since the personal data that will be disclosed by every ‘data subject’ is very important, it can potentially put the lives of these people at risk whenever if a breach were to occur.
Which is why the GDPR is proposing policies and guidelines that companies should follow in order for the data subjects to practice their rights and ensure that their personal data is not abused and used for illegal transactions.
One of the regulation’s solutions to this is to make sure that data subjects have the power to hold data processing unless they give their consent.
It is also very important for data subjects to know about their rights and the purpose as to why they are processing their data. Data subjects have the right to be informed whenever their data is being processed or not and they have the right to request for a copy of this in a form that can easily be understood. Data subjects also have the right to refuse to have their personal data be used for profiling and automated decisions.
One thing is for sure when it comes to the existence of GDPR, and that is to protect and provide power to data subjects which is why they have a lot of rights. Other rights of data subjects include the right to limit the processing, the right to transfer their personal data to another company unless bounded by legal contracts, the right to be forgotten and editing particularly if there is an error with their personal data like the spelling of their names and a whole lot more to ensure that these people are protected from harm. If you wish to see more of your rights as a data subject, you can check out several articles that cover the rights of the EU citizens under the GDPR.