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EU General Data Protection Regulation Updates


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This web page will keep you up to date with the implementation of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will fundamentally change the way that data protection is regulated in the UK.

The law in relation to data protection is changing across Europe. In 2018 the EU General Data Protection Regulation will come info force and will have direct effect in every European country. This is the biggest change in relation to data protection regulation in the UK since 2000 when the Data Protection Act 1998 came into force. The GDPR will replace the 1998 Act and the EU Directive 95/46/EC.





  25 May 2018

GDPR will come into force. 

  4 May 2016

Final text of Regulation 2016/679 published 

  14 April 2016

Final text approved by EU Parliament

  17 December 2015

Text of the GDPR approved by the Civil Liberties Committee (Press Release)

  15 December 2015

The text of the EU GDPR was finalised and can be found here

  15 June 2015

Member states approved their negotiated position 

  12 March 2014

The Parliament confirmed the final position 

  21 October 2013 

The Civil Liberties Committee adopted its position on the Regulation which would form the basis for the negotiations with the member states.

  January 2012

First proposal for reform were published. 


  General Guidance / Blogs

13 June 2017

Where are we with GDPR Certainty?

There is less than year to go until the GDPR is enforced throughout Europe and the guidance is coming thick and fast.

6 December 2016

The GDPR is coming! You now have 18 months to comply!

Now that we seem to have confirmation from the Government that the GDPR will come into force in the UK on 25 May 2018, it is time to provide you with more information.

17 March 2016

Back to Basics

Reading the text of the General Data Protection Regulation has given me the chance to remember how useful it is to go back to reading the basic legal text and background material to legislation, specifically the UK Data Protection Act 1998 and the European Directive as well as the shiny new Regulation.

08 February 2016

Personal Data Breaches and Enforcement under the #GDPR

One of the headline grabbing features of the new data protection regime that is likely to be in place by mid-2018 are the maximum fines that the ICO will be able to impose. ‘Administrative fines’ of up to €20,000,000 or 4% of global turnover will be available for certain infringements, with less serious infringements attracting fines of up €10,000,000 or 2% of global turnover.

05 January 2016

Data Protection 2016: NOW is the time to start considering compliance

The first of a monthly series of blogs throughout 2016 on this important topic.


To discuss how to comply with the Data Protection Act 1998 or the General Data Protection Regulation, please contact Paul Motion or Laura Irvine on T: 0131 222 2939 E:


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