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Studies have suggested that many businesses are still unaware of a forthcoming change in data protection laws, set to come into force in 2018.

The General Data Protection Regulation (or the GDPR for short) is a new legal framework which will be implemented across the EU on 25 May.

In the UK, the legislation will supersede the Data Protection Act 1998. Some businesses have wrongly assumed that Britain’s vote to leave the EU means that they do not have to worry about the changes, whereas in fact the referendum result will make no difference to the system being introduced.

Employers need to be aware that the GDPR will mean a significant change to the way in which businesses use and store data, and that it includes a number of new rights for both employees and customers.

It is important to note that the penalties for failing to comply with the new laws are considerable, with those who breach the regulations facing a fine of up to €20 million or four per cent of their annual turnover.

With this in mind, it is important for all businesses to check that they have made the necessary preparations ahead of the start date. At Carter Lemon Camerons, our expert lawyers can advise on how the legislation will work in practice and ensure that you have taken the necessary steps to meet your obligations.

We can advise on:

  • Preparing for the GDPR
  • Governance
  • Lawful processing of data
  • Reporting data breaches
  • Employees’ rights
  • Making changes to your privacy policies
  • Updating employment contracts and terms and conditions

Our specialist solicitors are able to present to clients on the GDPR and its implications for their organisation.

Kate Boguslawska, a Partner at Carter Lemon Camerons LLP, recently presented at recruitment specialists, Angela Mortimer on the topic. Read more here.

For further information please contact our Corporate/Commercial or Employment team for an initial meeting.