Data Protection Bill – coming to a business near you (yours)

The Government has published guidance on its new Data Protection Bill, which is effectively the new EU regulations (GDPR), plus a bit.

It will be very wide-ranging, concerning every business regardless of size. The only discrepancy might come in how UK regulators police the new requirements immediately after May 2018, with the Information Commissioner intending to take “a fair and reasonable approach to enforcement”, reflecting higher expectations of big firms and suppliers to the public sector.

The two tests for the legislation are whether enough SMEs will comply with it to make it practicable and what happens when regulators from different jurisdictions have competing interpretations of the new law – which could be an especially acute problem for Government Departments using cloud services with data physically secured in a country outside the EU.

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