The UK government has confirmed that the UK will implement the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

The GDPR is the legislation by which the European Commission intends to strengthen and unify data protection for individuals within the European Union (EU). It also addresses export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR is set to come into force in May 2018 and will replace the current EU Data Protection Directive and most national data protection laws.

During her recent question and answer session before the UK Parliament Select Committee for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP (the UK government minister for Culture, Media and Sport) confirmed that the UK will “opt in” to the GDPR when it comes into force in May 2018.

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