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Radical changes to European data protection legislation

After over four years of discussion, the new EU data protection framework was adopted on 8 April 2016. It takes the form of a Regulation – the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR will replace the current Directive and will be directly applicable in all Member States without the need for implementing national legislation. It took effect on 25 May 2018.

Ever since the European Commission first proposed its text back in 2012, this legislation has attracted a huge amount of attention. It even appears to have been influencing decisions by the Court of Justice of the EU. Organisations across the EU and beyond have been frustrated by the increasing lack of harmonisation across the Member States, despite data flowing increasingly without boundaries. There was a growing desire to get the GDPR agreed quickly, even if that meant that some of the detail is left for later. The EU institutions have certainly stepped up to the plate. Adoption of the GDPR marks a milestone in data protection laws in the EU.

For our detailed GDPR guide, please click here. ​

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