EU GDPR Update in the U.K.

by Michela Menting | 1Q 2017 | IN-4474

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), published on March 2, 2017, is an open consultation on draft guidance on consent under the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The ICO is the U.K.’s independent authority; it upholds information rights in the public interest, notably by promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. It is also the U.K. member of the Article 29 Working Party, the EU body that is charged with implementing and enforcing data protection within the EU. Despite Brexit, the ICO has continued undeterred in its efforts to ensure the GDPR finds smooth transition in the U.K. The GDPR will affect any organization dealing with EU citizen and resident data, regardless of EU membership. The ICO already issued guidance on data portability, lead supervisory authorities, and data protection officers, as well as documents on preparing for the GDPR. Guidance is available on the ICO website and has been updated in March (2017).

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