• GDPR

The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect May 25, 2018. This regulation applies to every organization that holds data about EU-based persons.

At Digital Impact, we see the GDPR as an excellent starting place for organizations exploring data governance. Check out the Digital Impact Toolkit, tune in to our community conversations, and sign up to receive updates on the GDPR and other topics. If you have a question about the GDPR or want to contribute to Digital Impact, email us.

Read on for more related to GDPR. Please note that these articles do not constitute legal advice.


  • Grantee profile: Data Orchard
    In early 2017, a small non-profit published a free online guide to help under-resourced organizations in the social sector make better use of their data. Sian Basker, one of the...
  • Data Review Boards: Facebook, Data Governance, and Trusts in Practice
    This piece was originally published on Medium. This past weekend, years of advocacy and reporting from Carole Cadwalladr, Paul-Olivier Dehaye, and Max Schrems finally got its due on the front...
  • Data Labs: Improving Access to Government Data
    Listen to Lucy Bernholz, Tracey Gyateng, Rod Clark, and Justine Hastings discuss an emerging data-sharing model that helps dissolve barriers to collaboration while safeguarding sensitive data. The Data Labs project...
  • The Dark Side of Data (Organizations)
    Non-profits and philanthropy organizations need to embrace the digital age and start engaging more with digital and data in their activities. However, they must also be careful to avoid...
  • Digital Impact: Reflections from Brussels
    The European leg of the Digital Impact event series kicked off in Brussels on 13 June. Not surprisingly to those who follow EU policy, the emerging European digital policy landscape...
  • These 6 Nonprofits Are Leading on Data Privacy
    Two months ago, our own Lucy Bernholz alluded to an onslaught of privacy updates from providers working toward GDPR compliance. Digital Impact is following what popular web platforms are...
  • Still Not Sure How to Feel about Data Privacy? These 4 Podcasts Will Help
    Let’s face it. Working with data hasn’t gotten any easier since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) went into effect in May. While the European Union’s new regulation has...
  • Two Reasons Why the GDPR Matters Everywhere
    Have you noticed an uptick of emails from companies like Slack, Google, or PayPal, announcing new privacy policies and terms and conditions? Why the sudden onslaught of updates? The...
  • Cybersecurity Must Be a Top Priority for Nonprofits
    When business ethics and governance expert Lucy P. Marcus calls data breaches "an artifact of modern indifference," she's alluding to how "companies, regardless of size or sector, need to...
  • GDPR and the End of the Internet's Grand Bargain
    The following is an excerpt of an article published by Harvard Business Review on April 9, 2018. "For now, GDPR, which replaces previous EU mandates on data collection and use,...
  • Data Privacy and Security: From Mandate to Mission
    The following is an excerpt from an article originally published on ssir.org. Social sector organizations are increasingly under pressure to protect the privacy and security of their data. How should...
  • Here’s How One Nonprofit Is Preparing for GDPR
    The Engine Room’s Zara Rahman describes GDPR as "a promising step in the direction of taking a rights-based approach to working with data." In a recent blog post, Rahman...
  • ICO Publishes Final Guidance on Consent
    In May, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) published its final consent guidance ahead of last week's GDPR deadline. According to the guidance, organizations don't need to refresh all old...
  • Companies Respond To GDPR By Blocking EU Users
    Mike Masnick, editor of the Techdirt blog, says the scramble of companies to comply with GDPR could lead to a large number of lawsuits in the coming years. "While...
  • Let’s Talk about Applying the GDPR in the United States
    The following is an excerpt of an article published by Vox on April 12, 2018. "While online rights are coming into question, it’s worth considering how those will overlap with...
  • GDPR Will ‘Forever Change’ Marketing, Say Digital Governance Experts
    Digital experts Elie Auvray and Kristina Podnar have authored a 35-page guide for understanding GDPR and creating a plan for May 25, 2018 and beyond. Included in the guide...
  • Key Aspects of GDPR Explained
    A white paper released by European Digital Rights (EDRi) explains key aspects of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). On May 16 at RightsCon in Toronto, EDRi Executive Director Joe...
  • Facebook, GDPR, and Winning Back the Public Trust
    Facebook has pledged its commitment to transparency, control, and accountability throughout its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) preparation process. According to Facebook's GDPR guide, "Data protection is central to the...
  • GDPR Template for US-Based Nonprofits
    A primer released by the international law firm, Pillsbury, is designed to help nonprofits understand the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and apply it to their daily operations. The...
  • Microsoft Offers Free GDPR Assessment
    The Microsoft Cloud is helping organizations prepare for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Read Microsoft’s GDPR white paper and measure your readiness with three free GDPR assessments designed...

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