The General Data Protection Regulation is a new data protection regulation drafted by the European Union and will replace the previously existing European Data Protection Directive as well as the German Federal Data Protection Act and will therefore directly impact German laws on data security, including measures undertaken by LimeSurvey to keep users' data safe.
The GDPR will be implemented on 25 May 2018 and aims at strengthening data protection throughout the EU by unifying regulations incorporated into national law of all member states. Thus, data security policies will assimilate in future across countries in the European Union.
The goal is to increase data security by standardising regulations within an established and dynamically cooperating inner-European market.
The reason for this radical shift of EU regulations is founded in increasing data abuse possibilities due to expanding cloud computing and big data efforts prevalent among organisations in all areas nowadays.
You can find out more about the European General Data Protection Regulation here