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Data protection legislation – back to the drawing board?

01 April 2017

We are at an interesting time for data protection legislation in the EU. The existing EU Data Protection Directive, implemented in national law by each Member State, will be replaced in May 2018 by a new, recently adopted General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR), which will be directly applicable across Member States. At the same time, the current mechanisms for transferring data outside the EU (which are based on a similar toolkit under the GDPR) are under scrutiny. 

There is no immediate change to either UK (or European) data protection laws as a result of the UK referendum result. However, in the long run we will have to wait and see what Brexit means with respect to UK data protection regulation. In this note we analyse the current position and any immediate impacts of Brexit.