Multilingual GDPR Lexicon

A lexicon of terms extracted from the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Try out a search in the box below and see how your terms are translated into other languages. Click on any term to show examples of its use in the GDPR itself.

What is GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a regulation published by the European Parliament, Council and Commission in April 2016, with the goal of strengthening and unifying data protection for all individuals within the European Union (EU). The roughly 80-page document is available in 24 official EU languages, and applies across all areas where personal data are used. For more, see the EU Official Journal.

Why a GDPR lexicon?

A multilingual lexicon of GDPR terms contributes to the consistent use of words in GDPR texts communicated between controllers, data subjects, processors and supervisory authorities. Its goal is to aid in the writing of multilingual GDPR texts, and to promote a common understanding of this domain, and thus, common application and enforcement of the GDPR.

About this demo

This service is provided by Digital Grammars and Signatu for a limited period, for demonstration purposes. It allows full-form look up of GDPR terms, with a parallel multilingual word view which showing concepts and their expressions in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. It also includes a number of multiword expressions. Work on this resource is ongoing, and we are happy to receive comments and feedback via email.

How it was built

This multilingual lexicon was extracted from the parallel GDPR texts in the EU Official Journal. When the same term is translated in different ways in the original documents, either some or all of these alternatives are shown. If translations between languages contain significant rephrasing, the nearest multiword construction in the EU Official Journal is chosen. In cases where this is not possible, a "standard dictionary" translation is used. The lexicon stores all inflection forms for both words and multiword expressions, allowing for powerful search capabilities.


The GDPR lexicon will soon be released as an online subscription service. We will collect suggested/corrected translations from trusted experts and annotate where the Official Journal diverges from these recommendations. Our plans are to include parsing, generation, and various visualizations of GDPR-based documents by using this lexicon combined with CNL technology. This will be extended further to automatic, high-quality translation to all EU languages.


This demo will be open only for a limited time. Send us a request for a user license and pricing.


We are interested in partnering with legal professionals, linguists and other experts in the interest of expanding the scope of this resource. Send us an email if you want to be involved.