LIBE paves the way for new DP law

By Phil Brining

Civil Liberties Euro MPs voted today in favour of reform to the data protection legislation in Europe. Read the official press release here http://bit.ly/1NVkJyW.

The new rules will bring about significant changes to most UK organisations. An official EU press conference is planned for 21st December. The new legislation is expected to be made into law by February 2016 and Member States have 2 years to implement in full the legislation. Some commentators are writing that the new law will take effect in 2017 : but it seems more likely to be 2018.

Everyone needs to start planning pretty much now. The changes are significant and need planning and implementing. The use of specialist consulting firms will avoid lengthy projects and costly delays. The new maximum fine is 4% of annual global turnover.

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Data Protection People Limited – March 2021