What exactly is meant by “data processing” or “processing of data”?

The term “processing” is broadly defined in Art. 4(2) of the Regulation. According to the original text, it encompasses the following activities:

  • collection
  • recording
  • organization
  • structuring
  • storage
  • adaptation or alteration
  • retrieval
  • consultation
  • use
  • disclosure by transmission
  • dissemination or otherwise making available
  • alignment or combination
  • restriction
  • erasure or destruction


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