The Data Protection Bill (“the Bill”) was described in the Queen’s speech of June 2017 as a new law to ensure ‘that the United Kingdom retains its world-class regime protecting personal data’. It supplements and bolsters the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the directly effective EU regulation on Data Protection coming into force in May.
The GDPR is coming into force on 25 May 2018. The UK is leaving the EU at 11pm on 29 March 2019. No doubt these dates are engraved into the minds of most business owners. But while these deadlines are enough on their own to leave you with plenty to worry about, it is also important to consider the interplay between the two – that is to say, what will Brexit mean in terms of the GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) coming into force in May 2018 empowers national supervisory authorities to issue fines of up to €20 million, or 4% of an organisation’s annual global turnover for certain data protection infringements. These figures have generated headlines and news stories around the globe, many of them misleading. The Information Commissioner, in her post of December last year, warned of ‘scaremongering because of misconceptions’. We seek to put the headline grabbing figures in context, by examining the range of administrative sanctions available to national supervisory authorities for dealing with infringements of GDPR and the criteria they will use when selecting them. In doing so we shed light on how organisations can prepare for, and react to, any data protection infringements to reduce the risk of a heavy fine.