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Data privacy: the countdown to May 2018

Ahead of a shake-up of privacy law, Andrew Pincott summarises what law firms and their clients will all need to consider – and implement – over the next 12 months

6 June 2017

European privacy laws will undergo their greatest shake-up for 20 years with effect from 25 May 2018. That may seem a long time away, but there is much that law firms and their clients will need to comply with.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) primarily applies to EU businesses. It will also apply to businesses based outside the EU that offer goods and services to, or monitor individuals in, the EU. Despite Brexit, UK businesses will still need to comply, and the UK’s supervisory authority will be the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).The regulation will apply to all client, supplier, employee, and partner data. It will also apply to a firm’s marketing data and lists of prospective clients and contacts. GDPR significantly changes the scope of regulating the processing of personal data, particularly, for example, for sensitive personal data such as genetic and biometric data. I...

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