If you've glanced at your inbox lately, you've no doubt seen a string of emails from services you use, notifying you of updates to their privacy policies to comply with the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which recently went into effect. GDPR is a big step forward in giving consumers more control over how their data is used and what is collected, and some companies, like Microsoft, are even extending those rights worldwide.
For companies that help back up your personal data, GDPR is especially important to get right. Now, AOMEI, which sells a suite of tools for backups and managing partitions, has announced free versions (opens in new tab) of its Backupper (opens in new tab) and Partition Assistant (opens in new tab) that are GDPR compliant.
The freeware versions of both tools contain a simplified set of features compared to their paid versions, but you still get basic functionality here without "any information tracking and/or collecting program," AOMEI says. For Backupper, that means you can create and manage backups of your PC in case you hit a major issue and need to restore to a previous point. However, there's no support for Windows Server machines, system clones, real-time sync of files folders from a NAS, or other advanced features.
For Partition Assistant, the free version still allows you to easily manage and split partitions, but more advanced features like converting to different volume types and allocating free space from one partition to another are not included.
Still, if you're looking for a couple of freeware tools to handle backups and partitions, AOMEIs are worth a gander. You can find both Backupper and Partition Assistant for free, and compare editions, at AOMEI now.
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I've read the full article, and only one thing did not come through. Why would this software need to be GDPR compliant.
Very good question, unless it's to do with product registration? This software doesn't do cloud backups, that could require GDPR compliance
The non-GDPR versions ask for your mail address before you can download them, these don't
It's also to do with some apps that send log files even when making local backups.
For backups I use Macrium Reflect. The free version is very good but I have a Home licence
What a beautiful interface :)
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