What will the General Data Protection Regulation mean to the UK post Brexit?

Colin Tankard, managing director of data security company Digital Pathways, believes that following Brexit the UK may not adopt the regulation but rather modify its existing UK Data Protection Act.

Publication of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) of the EU regulation is expected sometime this month. Many of those for whom data plays a key part in their daily lives are wondering if the vote to leave will mean it will still be imposed on UK companies.

Colin Tankard, managing director of data security company Digital Pathways, says it is understood that, once published, there would be a two-year period for every organisation that does business in, or with, the EU to comply with the regulation. And, since it is a regulation, not a directive, compliance would be mandatory, without the need for each member state to ratify it into its own legislation.

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