The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into force on 25th May 2018 leaving businesses less than 12 months to become compliant with a host of new rules and regulations.

What is New in the GDPR?


Ryan Dunleavy
Ryan Dunleavy
Partner & Head of Media Law Reputation Management

The GDPR will:

  • Raise the cap on fines for breaches of data laws from £500,000 to €10,000,000 or 2 per cent of global turnover
  • Apply to data processors not just data controllers
  • Introduce more expansive definitions of data
  • Impose new notification provisions
  • Strengthen the concept of obtaining a data subject’s consent
  • Increase the rights of data subjects
  • Impose other obligations upon businesses.

Is Your Business Ready for GDPR?

The Information Commissioner's Office, the UK watchdog of the data protection regime, has heavily publicised the need for businesses to take steps to ensure that they are compliant. In her YouTube video address to corporate boardrooms, Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham said that there is no time to delay in preparing for

the biggest change to data protection law for a generation’.

She added

‘If your organisation can’t demonstrate that good data protection is a cornerstone of your business policy and practices, you’re leaving your organisation open to enforcement action that can damage both public reputation and bank balance.’

We Can Help

At MW Solicitors, our mission is "To make quality legal services accessible to everyone", including businesses trying to keep up with the burden of ever changing legislation imposed upon them.

Our specialist solicitors can assist in re-drafting your data protection policies and procedures, as well as giving direct training to you and your staff via seminars and on-demand advice. We specialise in helping you to navigate through the requirements of the GDPR leaving you to focus on what you do best.

Our team are also expert litigators who specialise in conducting cases on behalf of clients in disputes over data protection and privacy laws. If you are are worried about GDPR compliance or wish to discuss a data protection or privacy dispute call us today on 0203 551 8500 or email us at enquiries@mwsolicitors.co.uk.

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