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UK’s ICO invites enquiries from organisations considering developing a GDPR certification scheme

The UK Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”) is welcoming enquiries from organisations that are considering developing a General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) certification scheme. The announcement comes alongside updated ICO guidance on certification under the GDPR, as the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) completes a round of consultations with a view to adopting a full set of guidelines and annexes on certification, identifying certification criteria and the accreditation of certification bodies. Member States and supervisory authorities such as the ICO, along with the EDPB and the European Commission, are required to encourage the use of certification mechanisms as a means to enhance transparency and compliance with the GDPR. The submission process for certification schemes will open once the EDPB guidelines are finalised.

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An Update on Brexit and the Implications for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)


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Following the “Leave” result of the United Kingdom’s referendum on its membership in the European Union, there has been uncertainty regarding the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) due to come into effect on 25 May 2018. Our report on the GDPR explains the key changes to Data Protection Law.

On 24 October 2016, the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Karen Bradley MP, confirmed that the UK will still be in the EU in 2018 and will be opting-in to the GDPR. As a result, businesses collecting or using personal data while providing goods or services in the EU of EU data subjects will be subject to the new regulations.

The UK’s data protection authority, The Information Commissioner’s Office, supports this stance taken by the government and has confirmed it will issue a statement in the next month setting out a timeline for publishing its guidance on the GDPR in the upcoming months.

Both the ICO and UK government have reiterated the necessity of complying with the GDPR. In light of the increased scope of fines for non-compliance with the GDPR, it is imperative that businesses assess the steps they need to take to ensure compliance by May 2018.

For more information regarding the GDPR and its potential impact, please contact Ropes & Gray’s leading privacy & data security team.

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