GDPR

Data protection law changed significantly on 25 May 2018 with the introduction of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and UK Data Protection Act 2018.

Key changes under the GDPR affect almost all businesses. The rights of EU citizens to control their personal details have been enhanced and new unified obligations have been placed on those dealing with personal data. However, this is not the end of the compliance journey for organisations, and they must act now to ensure they fully comply with the new rules.

Previous data protection legislation (the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK) was based on the Data Protection Directive of 1995 (the 1995 Directive) which set out key legal principles for dealing with personal data. For the past 15 to 20 years these principles have been adopted in national legislation throughout the EU Member States in different ways resulting in a disjointed approach to data protection in Europe. The GDPR replaced the 1995 Directive and is directly applicable in every EU Member State. This means there is now a single set of rules to avoid contradictory approaches across the EU.

 

 

Technology, Media & Telecoms

With very few areas not impacted by technology, media and telecoms, we remain focused on ensuring we stay ahead of the curve in advising clients of the ever-increasing body of law, regulation and policy affecting the sector.

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