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Data Protection Leader
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Volume: 15 Issue: 5
(May 2018)

Keywords:
eu data reform gdpr accountability

Authors:
eduardo ustaran

Organisations:
hogan lovells international llp

Jurisdictions:
eu

EU: The GDPR is here. Now what?

It has taken several years but we have finally made it… to the starting line. With the coming into effect of the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’), the modernisation of European data protection law has reached a critical milestone. New and wide-ranging accountability obligations, stronger rights for individuals and a renewed emphasis on safeguarding international data flows will lead the way in attempting to redress the balance between the use of personal data in the digital age and our fundamental right to privacy and data protection. The frenzied manner in which many organisations have approached their preparations for compliance is an indication of the complexity and the size of the task ahead. Time will tell whether the GDPR is truly effective in achieving its ambitious objective, but in the meantime we face a simple question: what should I do to get it right?

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