Last Update :5/31/2018

European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

By now many of you have probably received correspondence from businesses informing you that they are updating their Privacy Notice and specifically including language that ensures their compliance with a new European regulation, General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

This new regulation is complex and requires businesses, large and small, to overhaul their data-management system and processes and the golf industry is not excluded. However, not all golf courses have to worry about complying with the regulation.

The primary purpose of this regulation is to protect citizens of the EU from misuse and unauthorized use of their personal information. Why does this matter to golf operators in the United States? In 2016 the United States signed an agreement with the EU agreeing to support protection and enforcement of the regulation from businesses in the US who sell their product or services to European citizens. Only if you market to, serve or support guest who are European citizens do you need to implement the required changes.

To help our members navigate through the new regulation, NGCOA has published FAQs to help determine if you must take steps to comply with GDPR. If you are required to comply, information is included to help guide you through the process.

We are continuing to build our FAQs and invite you to comment below so we can continue the dialogue about this new and complex issue. If you would like direct assistance or answers, please contact me at or 843-471-2714.

Ronnie Miles
Director of Advocacy
Daniel Island SC
(800) 933- 4262

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