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General Data Protection Regulation – EU GDPR Essentials


Welcome to the first instalment in our mini-series of blog posts on the General Data Protection Regulation.


The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on 25 May 2018 and will replace the current UK legislation, the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA).

The GDPR will take over the governance of data privacy and security, imposing significant obligations and potential penalties on businesses and public bodies that generate and process personal data.

There is only one year left to ensure GDPR compliance!


The GDPR will take effect from Friday 25 May 2018, on which date the DPA will fall away.

The GDPR’s application to the UK will not be affected by Brexit.


In 1985, the legislative powers-that-be acknowledged the ever-increasing need for regulation around data security and privacy. Ten years of discussions culminated in the implementation of the Data Protection Directive 1995, a piece of EU legislation which found its way into English law via the DPA in 1998.

The data-driven world we live in is vastly different to the way it was in 1985, and the way it was when the DPA took effect almost two decades ago. Over the past 30 years we’ve seen the rise of e-commerce, the global use of emails as one of the key forms of communication and the introduction of social media in a way that has revolutionised data sharing opportunities. We continue to march towards the interconnected, ‘always on’ reality of the Internet of Things (IoT), whereby everyday items like fridges, lightbulbs and fashion accessories connect to the internet and each other.

The GDPR will bridge the gap between 1985 and 2018 and will reflect the significant technological advances that have taken place, affording greater protection to individuals and placing greater obligations on businesses.

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To help businesses prepare for the introduction of the GDPR, we will publish a mini-series of blogs over the coming months. Topics will include:

To find out more about how we can help you to prepare for the GDPR please visit our GDPR section or contact  Matthew Hattersley or Florence Maxwell.

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