Frequently asked questions on GDPR

 

(1) When is the GDPR coming into effect?

 

The GDPR was approved and adopted by the EU Parliament in April 2016 providing a two year runway for implementation. The actual Regulation will take effect after this two year transition period and unlike a Directive it does not require any enabling legislation to be passed by the UK Government, meaning that it will be in force in May 2018

 

(2) How​ ​does​ ​my​ ​business​​ ​benefit​ ​by​ ​complying​ ​with the​ ​GDPR?

 

The GDPR helps restore consumer trust in business. The new legistaion allows businesses to undertake opportunities in the digital market while protecting individual’s fundamental rights.

(3) What​ ​does the​ ​‘Right​ ​to​ ​be forgotten” mean?

 

Individuals have the right to have their personal data deleted, in the event that it is no longer needed.

 

 

(4) Will Brexit mean that GDPR will not apply here in the UK?

 

The General Data Protection Regulation will apply to all companies based in the EU and those with EU citizens as customers. It has an extraterritorial effect, so non-EU countries will also be affected. Even though the UK is planning to leave the EU, the UK will still need to comply with the GDPR.

The UK will need to comply with the Regulation while it is still a part of the EU. UK companies continuing to do business with the EU after Brexit will need to comply with the Regulation to avoid infringements.