​James Castro-Edwards’ article is published in Information Age

27 / 11 / 2018

The GDPR and Brexit

James Castro-Edwards, Partner and Head of Data Protection at Wedlake Bell, discusses the three possible outcomes for GDPR post-Brexit, dependent on whether we get a deal or not.

A prudent approach for businesses may be to plan for the worst and hope for the best, with a data transfer solution at the ready should the UK leave the EU and become an unapproved third country.

It is difficult to think of a piece of legislation that has generated as much publicity as the European General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, which took effect on 25th May of this year. The GDPR imposes stringent obligations upon organisations that process ‘personal data’ –information by which living individuals may be identified – and includes large fines for those that fail to comply. In the run-up to the GDPR, operators in the private, public and third sectors have invested vast resources in compliance. Yet, within less than a year of the GDPR becoming binding law, organisations face further upheaval as the United Kingdom exits the European Union.

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