European Union’s GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) came into power on the 25th of May 2018, replacing the outdated DPD (Data Protection Derivative), issued in mid 90’s. United Kingdom follows this initiative by issuing the new DPA compliant with GDPR, replacing the former UK Data Protection Act.
Therefore, the requirements for every organization, storing data on EU territory, working with EU companies, or processing personal data of EU citizens are subject to significant changes.
Data owners’ rights to suit organizations that infringed their rights in terms of data protection are significantly widened, which means that organizations will have to make sure they posses “appropriate technical and organisational measures” to keep data safe. Organizations are now obliged to reveal any breach of security that might cause a leak of user data.
Here are some key questions regarding GDPR compliance that UK-based companies might find relevant:
Penalties under the GDPR
To keep it short – breach of GDPR will cost you much more than breach of DPA used to: a fine for not meeting the requirements might be up to 4% of annual global turnover or €20 million – whichever is greater. As Verizon’s 2016 Data Breach Investigations Report reaffirms, “no locale, industry or organization is bulletproof when it comes to the compromise of data”, so it is vital that all organisations are aware of their new obligations so that they can prepare accordingly.
The Brexit question
Brexit does not affect data protection initiatives, which means that you still need to be compliant. GDPR will come in force simultaneously on the continent as well as in Britain.
The Data Protection Bill
The new Data Protection Bill is still in process of being approved by Parliament. It is designed to modernise the UK’s data protection laws for the digital age. The Bill will align UK law with the EU’s forthcoming GDPR and replace the existing Data Protection Act.
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