The current law governing the use of personal data in the UK is the Data Protection Act 1998. But, as Independent Practitioner Today highlighted last month, this law will change on 25 May 2018 when the European General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation [EU] 2016/679) will come into effect.
Chris Alderson of Hempsons Solicitors reports on the details and sets out the steps your private practice should take.
Irrespective of Brexit, the UK Government has made it clear that UK law will align with European law on the issue of data protection and a new Data Protection Bill is currently before Parliament.
Some matters that are currently recommendations of good practice – for example, ‘privacy by design’ – will become legal requirements.