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Data Protection Directive [95/46/EEC] (EU Directive) and the New General Data Protection Regulation

Data Protection

As the world of business becomes increasingly global, it’s crucial that international law keeps up with the pace. Our data protection team is skilled at dealing with all matters, in relation to the European Union Directive which regulates the processing of personal data within the EEA. The Directive is an important component of EU privacy and human rights law and we ensure that our clients are equipped, in their knowledge, to deal with any issues that may arise. Even in a post-Brexit world many clients will need to ensure that they are complying with the relevant EU data protection legislation which will apply where they collect and process personal data of EEA individuals even if the collection, storing and processing of that personal data occurs in the UK.

The General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) comes into force in May 2018 and will replace the EU Directive. Whether or not Britain choses to implement the GDPR post-Brexit our privacy team will be keeping up to date with national developments in the UK and has a full understanding of the changes being implemented across the EEA by the GDPR. The team is well place to advise organisations that will be impacted by the GDPR (whether or not the UK adopts the new EU regulations) to ensure that they understand the changes in the EU regulation and whether or not they need to comply with the new regulations and, where they do, to help them to develop their compliance programs in preparation for the coming into force of the new regulations in Spring 2018.

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