GDPR stands for the ‘General Data Protection Regulation’. It’s been nearly five years in the making and after being published in the Official Journal of the European Union on 14th April 2016, officially came into force on 25th May, 2016. However, there is a two year transition period meaning its provisions will be directly applicable to EU States on 25th May 25, 2018, now less than a year away.

It replacesthe Data Protection Act, and is much stricter.

One of the informational PDF documents from the Government detailing how to prepare for the GDPR is insightful and lists 10 important steps businesses can take to ensure they’re ahead of the impending deadline. However, here is a brief summary of the key issues:

There is a lot to digest! Things will get a lot stricter around data protection. Business owners and those processing data should start looking at adhering to the pending regulations now, not leave it until May 2018!

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