General Data Protection Regulation Countdown

On 25 May 2018, the UK's current data protection legislation (the Data Protection Act 1998) will be replaced by the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR").  The GDPR imposes very significant additional obligations on the way organisations are able to lawfully obtain, hold and handle personal data.  The law will apply in full from day one and there is a proactive obligation to be able to demonstrate compliance on demand.  The new regime brings with it a substantial increase in potential fines, which can in some cases be up to 4% of turnover or €20 million (whichever is higher). 

As an initial step towards GDPR compliance, organisations should (if they have not done so already) identify and document what personal data they hold and on what legal basis, what it is it being used for, where it is stored and what security is in place to protect it.  Where personal data is processed based on an individual's consent, organisations should review their consent mechanisms to establish whether they meet the new stricter requirements of the GDPR.  Organisations should also take steps now to establish whether they are required to appoint a data protection officer pursuant to the GDPR.  For further background information on the GDPR, please refer to our Data Protection Update available by clicking here.          

In order to assist organisations with their preparation for the GDPR, we are running a free seminar on Wednesday 12 July between 9:00 am - 10:30 am at our Hull office.  We will be looking at the key changes to data protection law as a result of the GDPR and advising on some of the steps organisations should be taking to ensure compliance.  If you would like to attend the seminar, please register here.  Limited spaces are available.  If you have any queries, please contact David White ( 

Posted on: 25/05/2017

This article is for general guidance only. It provides useful information in a concise form. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific legal advice.

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