Data Protection: UK will opt into GDPR

In July we reported that the ICO supported the idea that whatever the outcome of the UK leaving the EU, we should remain subject to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) as it remains relevant for many UK businesses. Now the government has confirmed that the UK will opt into the GDPR although more on the basis that we are still going to be part of the EU when it comes into force in May 2018 and therefore we must comply with it, but we can look at how to change things once we leave the EU. Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s current Information Commissioner, is looking at this positively. And why not? With a slowdown expected  of the economy in general over the coming years, it is likely we will see more and more use of entrepreneurial ventures, like Uber and Deliveroo, which use technical platforms and large amounts of data (much of it often sensitive) trying to succeed where more traditional business forms have struggled. It seems unlikely that this would be one of the areas to be amended in the short term by the UK government so it would be wise to start getting your business ready as soon as possible.

The ICO has already published their guide for businesses to prepare themselves for the introduction of the GDPR, which can be viewed here.

Published: 25 November 2016

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