Timescale for implementation


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Timescale for implementation 
e.g confirmed or estimated dates, deadlines
Austria 05.06.2018 The ADPA was adopted on 29 June 2017 and is applicable since 25 May 2018.

There is no timescale for sector-specific data protection laws. Those provisions will follow step by step. 
Belgium 08.10.2018 The BPA entered into force on 5 September 2018.
Czech Republic 13.09.2018 DPA to be effective as of its publication in the Collection of Laws (after passing the legislative procedure).There is no estimated date of enactment for the new DPA in the Parliament.
Denmark 06.09.2018 The Danish Data Protection Act passed on 17 May 2018.
Finland 17.05.2018 Originally, the proposed Data Protection Act was intended to come into force on the same day as the GDPR, on 25th May 2018. On 9th May 2018, the Parliament's Constitutional Law Committee stated that the above mentioned schedule was too tight and they needed more time for the parliamentary process. A new date is not confirmed yet.
France 22.05.2018 We expect the new version of this act N°78-17 of 6 January 1978 on information technology, data files and civil liberties to be enacted in the next few weeks.
Germany 23.05.2018 GDPAA passed on 5 July 2017. No estimated deadline for data protection laws of the German Federal States ('Bundesländer') and sector-specific data protection laws.
Hungary 17.05.2018 The Ministry of Justice is likely to submit the draft to the government meeting in Q4 2017 and in this case it is likely that the Parliament will vote on it during Q1 2018.

As far as sectorial legislation is concerned there is no official information on the status of legislative progress.

Update (04 December 2017): as the Ministry of Justice has postponed the consultation on the InfoAct and sectorial DP laws it is unlikely that the new amendments will come into force earlier than Q2 2018.

Update (16 May 2018): The Ministry of Justice will be able to resume the legislation procedure after the new government is formed and the legislative competencies are distributed. Therefore it is unlikely that the new amendments will come into force earlier than Q3 2018.
Ireland  7.06.2018  n/a
Italy 17.05.2018 At the moment the Scheme is under consideration by the relevant Commission and the Italian Data Protection Authority ("DPA").
According to unofficial information, the Scheme will be approved by the end of May and will enter into force on May 25, as set out by the section 28 of the Scheme, or at the latest at the time of its approval.
Netherlands 17.09.2018 The proposal was adopted by the House of Representatives on 13 March 2018. The Senate (Committee of Justice and Security) adopted the final report on 24 April 2018.

The Act was adopted as a formality on May 15, 2018. The GDPR Execution Act ("UAVG") became effective on 22 May 2018.

In discussions in Parliament it was considered that further area-specific data protection rules could be introduced at a later stage.
Poland 07.09.2018 The PDPA became law on 25 May 2018. It is uncertain when the ASA will become the law, it is highly possible that it will happen at the end of 2018/beginning of 2019.
Slovakia 13.09.2018 The New DPA is effective as of 25 May 2018.
Spain 07.09.2018 The approval and enactment of the Spanish Data Protection Act was expected before the 25th May. However, the draft bill is now in the phase where amendments to the bill proposed by different political groups are being discussed.

The steps required for the approval of the Spanish Data Protection Draft Bill will be:

1. Once the amendments are discussed, the Commission will draft a report and a final version of the bill after voting the amendments. Both the final version of the bill and the report will be sent to be approved by an absolute majority.

2. Once the draft bill obtains the absolute majority of the Parliament, the Senate will have to approve the draft bill by majority for the bill to be passed.
Sweden 06.09.2018 The new Data Protection Act, as well as the Swedish Data Protection Regulation entered into force on 25 May 2018.
UK 23.05.2018 25 May 2018