The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - how to implement and comply

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will apply to UK businesses from 25 May 2018 – regardless of the impact of Brexit. All businesses need to understand the new legislation and adapt their normal commercial practice to ensure compliance.

Key changes resulting from the implementation of the GDPR

Similar to the Data Protection Act 1996, the GDPR will affect the rights and responsibilities of businesses and their customers: it will change the way businesses process personal data. In particular, it will affect how they collect, store, manage, share and dispose of data.

Employers will not only have to ensure compliance with the GDPR but will have to demonstrate and regularly check adherence.

Failure to comply with the GDPR, both from its introduction in May 2018 and on an on-going basis, could lead to substantial fines.

How can we help?

The GDPR will come into force on 25 May 2018. That deadline is fast approaching.

If you have not already thought about the effects of the GDPR, you must take action now.

We can help you to:

  • understand your rights and obligations under the GDPR;
  • comply with the GDPR; and
  • create and implement policies to tackle GDPR; and
  • train your people on implementation and on-going compliance.

Download our Guide including our GDPR Checklist 

We have prepared a guide that you can find here: A Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation for Businesses.

The guide explains the key provisions of the GDPR including what it meant by “personal data”, the current data protections laws, the role of the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), the effect of Brexit and some of the background to the introduction of the new regulation.

The guide contains a useful checklist that you can also find on our recent blog for ease of reference.

Further information 

  • If you would like a copy of the handout from our GDPR seminar on 13 March, please contact Keith Kennedy
  • Click here to access our Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation for Businesses
  • Further blogs on GDPR will appear on our website: www.pearsonlegal.co.uk. You can read a recent blog “Businesses still in the dark about GDPR” here

Useful links

Contact

To discuss the effect of the GDPR on your business, contact:

  • Keith Kennedy, Partner, Corporate and Commercial by email, Keith.Kennedy@pearsonlegal.co.uk or on 0161 684 6942; or
  • Ruth Smith, Consultant , Corporate and Commercial by email, Ruth.Smith@pearsonlegal.co.uk or on 0161 785 3500.