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GDPR regulations will still apply – even after Bexit

Document management services designed to help you meet GDPR requirements

The new GDPR regulations surrounding data protection came into force in May this year and although Brexit isn’t going to happen for a while yet, when it does the GDPR regulations will still apply.

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation and has been designed to reform the law surrounding data protection in the EU. Here’s a very quick reminder of some of the changes GDPR has brought into effect:

  • Data subjects’ rights have been strengthened with increased accountability for data controllers who are now required to be able to demonstrate compliance by documenting their data storage and usage activities.
  • Data protection authorities have been given more power.
  • Public authorities and businesses performing certain data operations have to have a Data Protection Officer.

These are just a few of the changes brought in by GDPR and as anyone who’s been involved will know, there’s a lot more to it than this!

However, although the UK is leaving the EU and GDPR came into effect on 25 May 2018, until the date Brexit becomes effective, European law – including GDPR – will still continue to apply. What happens after Brexit is a little more uncertain, with various models for the flow of data between the UK and Europe under discussion.

If an agreement on data isn’t reached, the UK will be considered a ‘third county’ when it comes to GDPR. GDPR will still apply to UK businesses which have an establishment in the EU, or who process personal data, sell goods and services or monitor behaviour in the EU.

GDPR regulations have a direct effect in very EU member state. However, because it is up to each state to add or consider additional provisions, the UK Government has introduced a Data Protection Bill into Parliament. This means that GDPR will be implemented into UK law after Brexit.

Contact PDM for advice on data management and storage

Here at PDM we offer a range of cost-effective secure document management storage solutions, designed to help businesses and organisations meet their data protection obligations.

If you’d like to find out more, please don’t hesitate to get in touch to speak to one of our team.