Amid the ongoing hoo-ha and uncertainty surrounding Brexit, one issue has actually been resolved – an issue, moreover, that will have wide-reaching consequences for hundreds of thousands of businesses in the UK.
The Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, confirmed to the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee on Monday 24 October that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply in the UK.
“We will be members of the EU in 2018 and therefore it would be expected and quite normal for us to opt into the GDPR and then look later at how best we might be able to help British business with data protection while maintaining high levels of protection for members of the public,” she said.
The Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, commented: “I see this as good news for the UK. One of the key drivers for data protection change is the importance and continuing evolution of the digital economy in the UK and around the world. That is why both the ICO and UK government have pushed for reform of the EU law for several years.”
The ICO is now revising its GDPR implementation timeline.
If you’ve been waiting for the government to confirm that the GDPR will apply in the UK, then this announcement should spur you on. You now have less than 18 months until you need to comply with the GDPR – or face fines of up to €20 million or 4% of global annual turnover, plus the threat of litigation from aggrieved data subjects.
EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – An Implementation and Compliance Guide
EU GDPR – An Implementation and Compliance Guide is a clear and comprehensive guide to this new data protection law, explaining the Regulation, and setting out the obligations of data processors and controllers in terms you can understand. EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – An Implementation and Compliance Guide
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