Are you ready for GDPR?

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GDPR becomes enforceable on 25 May 2018 and, since Brexit will happen after that, UK businesses will have to comply. What do you need to know? Hefty fines It's already gained much coverage. The largest fines - the higher of 4% of annual global turnover or €20m - will be for breaches of the fundamental obligations, … Continue reading Are you ready for GDPR?

GDPR in force 2018. Nothing new there

Big news! The Secretary of State Karen Bradley MP recently confirmed that the UK Government will be opting in to the General Data Protection Regulation (see Q72) and the Information Commissioner has said “I see this as good news for the UK...The ICO is committed to assisting businesses and public bodies to prepare to meet the requirements of the GDPR … Continue reading GDPR in force 2018. Nothing new there

How Brexit affects your trading relationships

The people have voted by a slim margin to leave the EU. The leaving process is likely to take at least two years before Brexit is finalised. Even if there is a second referendum that halts the exit process, there will be short term uncertainty with fluctuating exchange rates and stock market swings. How should you … Continue reading How Brexit affects your trading relationships

Privacy Shield not ready yet

Two working parties, ministers galore... but data transfer law remains in limbo The revelations by rogue NSA sysadmin Edward Snowden in 2013 caused indignant EU politicians to open a dialogue with the US government to update the data transfer regime to safeguard personal data. The Privacy Shield is the culmination of those discussions. The US's hands-off approach … Continue reading Privacy Shield not ready yet

Brexit = Legal Armageddon?

The Brexit debate continues and, with the Leave and Remain camps neck and neck, it looks likely that the undecided few will carry the result. It seems that we can expect more headline-grabbing soundbites until the vote on June 23. The polarised nature of this debate is throwing up some interesting oddities, so you might … Continue reading Brexit = Legal Armageddon?

4 issues under the new data law

Some of those I speak to intend to carry on with their business and not worry about the new General Data Protection Regulation. After all, 2018 is a long time to plan ahead. The UK might have left the EU by then, fracturing the UK back into its constituent parts as Scotland elects to rejoin the EU. … Continue reading 4 issues under the new data law

Data law agreed for 2018

The General Data Protection Regulation is nearing its last stages. The Council of Ministers, the EU Commission and the Parliament have agreed the final text. There are a few more admin hurdles to jump - such as the Council and the Parliament's formal adoption of the text, possibly in March or April 2016, the translation into the EU's 24 … Continue reading Data law agreed for 2018