In our June Update we flagged that the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will directly apply in all EU Member States from 25 May 2018.


In that Update, published prior to the EU referendum, we flagged that the referendum had created uncertainty as to the extent to which the GDPR would apply in the EU long-term. On 24 October 2016, the Secretary of State for Culture Media and Sport stated in an appearance before a parliamentary select committee, “We will be members of the EU in 2018 and therefore it would be expected and quite normal for us to opt into the GDPR and then look later at how best we might be able to help British business with data protection while maintaining high levels of protection for members of the public.” Thus it is clear that the Government still expects parties processing personal data to take steps to comply with the GDPR. For more detail on the implications of the GDPR, see our June Update.

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