Some people find data protection a very dry (or even boring) subject. However, we would urge those people, particularly if you are in a position of management in a company, to bear with us, if only for this article, as data protection within the EU is just about to get a lot more interesting/serious – see the summary box below as to why. HPLpro can of course provide a freelance in-house lawyer to help you with your data protection requirements on a part time, short-term or project by project basis. We will post more articles on this subject as we get nearer to the implementation date.
As always, it is worth restating that HPLpro is not a legal firm, and this article should not be taken as legal advice. It is important for you and your business to have experienced legal practitioners advise you upon the data protection regulations to ensure that you are adequately prepared.
We will repeat this later in the article but it is worth saying up front as it will grab the most attention, the new fines for the most serious data protection breaches can be up to 4% of global turnover. Yes, that is turnover not profit. In terms of legislative 'bite', this means that EU data protection regulation now has the same teeth as EU competition law regulations. In other words, if you are not doing so already, it is now time to start taking this subject very seriously.