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Are you ready for the General Data Protection Regulation?

Are you ready for the General Data Protection Regulation?
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Are you ready for the General Data Protection Regulation?
Alex Lee by Alex Lee
Solictor - Buss Murton Law

GDPR is something that all business owners have to get their heads around – like it or not.  There will be hefty fines if you are not compliant when it comes into force in May 2018.  Alex Lee from Buss Murton Law explains who it affects and what you need to start thinking about.


The General Data Protection Regulation will replace the 1998 Data Protection Act on 25 May 2018. 


The aim of GDPR is to provide “a comprehensive and modern framework for data protection in the UK, with stronger sanctions for malpractice".   It has partly been motivated by Brexit and the need to ensure that the UK regime is aligned with the EU to enable data flows between the UK and the rest of Europe following our formal departure from the Union.


GDPR will be directly applicable to all EU Member States, including the UK, but it also applies to everyone doing business in the UK and the EU; even if they are located outside these areas, they will still be subject to GDPR.


This a meaty piece of law: the Regulation has 99 Articles totalling 88 pages. Key rules relate to:

  • consent
  • enhanced protections for employees (including erasure),
  • the requirement for promulgated policies
  • substantial increases in penalties for non-compliance
  • potentially criminal proceedings in relation to de-anonymising data

Full details about GDPR are available from the Information Commissioner’s Office .  We will also be providing more updates on what GDPR means for your business on the CapitalSpace website.

To find out how   Capital Space business premises  could benefit your growing business,  call 0800 107 3667


Alex Lee is a Company & Commercial and Employment Law Partner at Buss Murton Law, which has been providing expert and trusted legal advice to individuals and businesses for generations.  With offices in Tunbridge Wells, Cranbrook, East Grinstead and Dartford, Buss Murton provide legal expertise to clients across Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Greater London.  

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