Data Protection

Businesses now rely on technology and the transfer of data online more than ever before, leading to an increased risk of data breaches occurring. This has led to an overhaul of data protection laws in Europe.

Europe’s data protection laws will undergo their biggest change in two decades when the new General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) comes into force on 25 May 2018. GDPR will replace the current UK Data Protection Act 1998, and will uniform data protection requirements across all EU member states.

Whilst this is considered an ‘evolution’, and not necessarily a ‘revolution’ of data protection laws across Europe, there are several significant changes for businesses.

View our GDPR guide - GDPR - Everything you wanted to know but never dared to ask

View our Data protection guide - Does GDPR require you to appoint a data protection officer?

What happens if I am in breach?
GDPR will dramatically increase fines for non-compliance. Companies violating GDPR may be fined up to €10 million or 2% of their global annual turnover, whichever is greater for smaller offences. For more serious offences, this is increased to €20 million or 4% of a company’s global annual turnover, whichever is greater.

In light of Brexit, will it even matter?
The report on ‘Brexit: the EU data protection package’ published by the UK Government on 18 July 2017 states that the Government is committed to ensuring that the UK remains ‘a global leader on data protection’ after Brexit. The Government has stated that it will continue to align its data protection framework with the EU to continue sharing personal data for commercial purposes, fighting crime and terrorism.

If you would like more advice about GDPR or appointing a Data protection officer, contact please contact Matthew Lea on 01189 898 155 or by email at

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