EU data protection law has come a long way over the last two decades. Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (the General Data Protection Regulation, or "GDPR"), which replaces Directive 95/46/EC (the "Directive"), was published on 4 May 2016 and marks the end of a four-year legislative process. It introduces a raft of sorely needed clarifications and updates, which will carry EU data protection law forward, well into the next decade. It also introduces major changes to the compliance burden borne by organisations. All in all, the GDPR represents a hugely significant step in the development of data protection as a concept and it is difficult to overstate its importance:
Wide-ranging: The GDPR will impact almost every organisation that is based in the EU, as well as every organisation that does business in the EU, even if based abroad.
Extremely serious: The GDPR dramatically increases the maximum penalties for non-compliance to the greater of €20 million, or four percent of worldwide turnover—numbers that are specifically designed to attract C-Suite attention.
Significantly raises the bar for compliance: The GDPR requires greater openness and transparency; it imposes tighter limits on the use of personal data; and it gives individuals more powerful rights to enforce against organisations.
Enforcement of the GDPR starts on 25 May 2018 and organisations need to be ready.
Understanding and complying with the GDPR—Our Handbook
White & Case has released a detailed Handbook entitled Unlocking the EU General Data Protection Regulation.
The Handbook is designed to assist businesses in understanding, and complying with the GDPR. Copies of the Handbook were provided free of charge at a series of events at White & Case’s offices around the world, with future events planned in our Paris, Tokyo and Milan offices later this year. At the events, our panel discussed the Handbook and offered up practical guidance on how best to navigate the complexities of the GDPR.
If you would like to request a hard copy of the Handbook, please do so here.
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