The Global Impact of GDPR – What companies need to know

Upcoming EU data protection regulations will have a global impact. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect in May 2018. This is European Regulation will pass straight into law in 28 European countries and will not be subject to the slower process of passing into individual country legislation as with European Directives.

GDPR introduces key changes to data protection law that law firms and commercial enterprises must be aware of. One of the more important changes is the broadened definition of personal data. Under GDPR, any data that might identify an individual is now considered personal data. Biometric data, genetic data and data relating to the cultural or economic aspects of an individual now come within the remit of the law.

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