What is the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and what does it mean for you?

Most of us have heard of the Data Protection Act 1998, but perhaps not so many of us are aware it is due to be replaced by new European legislation in May 2018. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is being introduced to…

  • Stay up to date with modern technology, which either did not exist or was not in common use when the previous EU Directive was issued in 1995 (such as online shopping and social media);
  • Ensure all European nations apply the same stringent approach to protecting people’s personal information – not all countries take such a strict approach as the UK; and
  • Ensure businesses outside the EEA, but who target the EU marketplace, also follow the rules.

GDPR standardises a wide range of different privacy legislations across the EU into one central set of regulations that will protect users in all member states and the Government has confirmed that it will continue even when we leave the EU.

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