The General Data Protection Regulations are a new set of pan-European regulations which seek to impose greater unity across the EU around the handling of the personal data of individuals and come into force on 25 May 2018.

Will this replace the Data Protection Act 1998?

In 2017, the UK government published the first draft of the Data Protection Bill (due to become the Data Protection Act 2018). This will replace the current DPA, bringing EU GDPR standards into UK law. The DPA deals exclusively with data protection for the UK (as will the Data Protection Bill), whilst the GDPR is designed to raise standards and introduce a consistent approach to data protection across the EU.