The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018. GDPR seeks to give people more control over how organisations use their data. It also ensures data protection law is almost identical across the EU. Because GDPR is a regulation, not a directive, the UK does not need to draw up new legislation – instead, it will apply automatically.
The objective of the EU’S GDPR is to protect people and their personal data online. Firms such as Facebook and Amazon offer their services for free, in return for people’s data when they sign up to the service. There are a vast range of problems associated with this; highly published in global media, the Cambridge Analytica scandal is believed to have influenced the 2016 US presidential election. 50 million Facebook profiles were accessed, highlighting security threats when it comes to the digital world.
Alongside the GDPR, the UK Data Protection Bill will contain local exceptions allowed by GDPR and any further steps the UK government will take after the UK leaves the EU.
Read more about GDPR, and how it could impact everyday life in the U.K.