The first Queen’s speech, after the election of the new Conservative government in the UK earlier this year, made clear that the government would be introducing a new data protection law. This new law essentially paves the way for the UK to adopt the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). This regulation comes into force in May 2018 and the UK is mandated to introduce it.
The announcement received some media attention – although such announcements, during the Summer media dead period, tend to be overlooked. This is evidenced by the number of views of this departmental YouTube video featuring the Minister, Matt Hancock. At time of publishing this post the video had received fewer than 1,000 views.
The GDPR will result in a major shake-up of data privacy laws and its impact will affect commercial and government bodies that handle personal data. Much has been written about GDPR. More will be written over the coming months. In the meantime, this blog from PwC provides some handy commentary and useful information.