• At Kemp Little, we are known for our ability to serve the very particular needs of a large but diverse technology client base. Our hands-on industry know-how makes us a good fit with many of the world's biggest technology and digital media businesses, yet means we are equally relevant to companies with a technology bias, in sectors such as professional services, financial services, retail, travel and healthcare.
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GDPR adopted by EU: key points

The European Parliament has today adopted the text of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”). This marks the beginning of the end for the GDPR’s lengthy legislative process which began with the EU Commission’s original proposal in January 2012. The GDPR will be translated into the EU’s official languages prior to publication in the Official Journal, and will take effect two years following the date of publication, and so is likely to come into force some time in the summer of 2018.

The text of the GDPR as published by the Council of the EU is available here. The key features of the text have not changed significantly since the compromise text was agreed by the “trilogue” in December 2015.

Despite a number of high profile events and cases occurring during the GDPR’s legislative life-span, including the PRISM revelations, right-to-be-forgotten cases and the Schrems judgment with the resulting EU-US Privacy Shield, the text and structure of the GDPR still bear resemblance to the Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC (the “Directive”) albeit with a number of headline changes, summarised below.

  • Fines: The maximum fines under the GDPR will be up to EUR 20 million or 4% of annual worldwide turnover, whichever is the greater. This is a stark increase on the current maximum fine of £500,000 under the Data Protection Act 1998 which implemented the Directive in the UK.
  • Extra-territoriality: Firms offering goods or services to EU residents or monitoring their behaviour will need to comply with the GDPR, regardless of whether the firm is based in the EU.
  • Data processor liability: The GDPR introduces data processor liability for certain data protection requirements, including data security, sub-processing, record keeping and data breach notifications, among others.
  • Lead authority: The GDPR aims to increase harmonisation across the EU for data protection and includes a mechanism for national supervisory authorities to co-operate in order to provide a “one-stop-shop” for businesses.
  • Data breach reporting: Data controllers must report data breaches to their supervisory authority without undue delay and, where feasible, not later than 72 hours after having become aware of it.
  • Transparency and data protection by design: The GDPR introduces new principles of “data protection by design” and “data protection by default” which expand on the Directive’s principles that data processing should be adequate, relevant and not excessive, encouraging “pseudonymisation” and “data-minimisation”.
  • Others: Further changes include a requirement for more information to be provided to data subjects by data controllers in their fair processing notices, a stricter definition of consent, enhanced rights and remedies for data subjects, a requirement to implement data protection by design and by default in IT projects, updates to subject access requests and the requirements in relation to international transfers and mandatory appointment of data protection officers for organisations processing sensitive personal data or monitoring data subjects

It is worth noting that, in the event of a vote for the UK to leave the EU in the referendum on 23 June 2016, the impact of the GDPR may be reduced, although many UK firms are likely to be caught by the extra-territoriality requirement and will therefore need to comply with the GDPR regardless of the outcome of the referendum. For more information on the impact of Brexit on data protection, see our article on Data Privacy, Brexit and a British Bill of Rights, available here.

For further information please contact Nicola Fulford or Michael Butterworth.