General Data Protection Regulation


Bird & Bird's guide to the General Data Protection Regulation seeks to summarise the key changes that the new law will bring and to highlight the most important actions which organisations should take in preparing to comply with it.

In publishing a new General Data Protection Regulation in January 2012, the European Commission fired the starting pistol on 4 years of debate, negotiation and lobbying the like of which the European Union (EU) has never previously seen. From this process emerged a law which will significantly overhaul Europe's cornerstone data protection legislation at a time when information systems and digital business underpin human life.

The changes which are to be ushered in by the GDPR in 2018 are substantial and ambitious. At over 200 pages long the Regulation is one of the most wide ranging pieces of legislation passed by the EU in recent years, and concepts to be introduced such as the 'right to be forgotten', data portability, data breach notification and accountability (to call out only a few) will take some getting used to. Even its legal medium - a regulation not a directive - make the GDPR an unusual piece of legislation for lawyers to analyse.

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