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GDPR #1 What is the General Data Protection Regulation?

Until now, the EU has had data protection directives, which countries have then used to create their own data protection laws and it's been a bit of a mess. The GDPR is a regulation (not a directive) and will replace all of these laws, meaning we'll all be playing by the same rules.

When does it come in? All businesses either in the EU (or not in the EU but deal with EU personal data), will need to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), as of 25 May 2018.

Will it still apply after Brexit? Yes. The GDPR will form the basis of our own legislation.

Why have it? It's aim is to protect all EU citizens from privacy and data breaches in an increasingly data-driven world, while still allowing the unrestricted movement of this data.

How will it affect you and your business? That depends on the extent to which you or someone on your behalf collects and processes personal data in digital form. This is the big question I'm aiming to help you with over the next few months.