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Recital definition (noun)

A recital is a statement of facts or reasons that explain why a law or contract exists. Sometimes called a ‘whereas’ or ‘preamble’ clause, it provides context information.


In the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Recitals provide additional context to the Articles. For example, GDPR Recital 32 defines “consent,” which is discussed throughout the legislation.

Appears in: GDPR and CCPA

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