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Preparing to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation

15 February 2017
Mayer Brown Legal Update

The new European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force throughout the European Union on 25 May 2018. The GDPR will replace existing data protection laws throughout Europe and introduce significant changes and additional requirements that will have a wide ranging impact on businesses around the world, irrespective of where they operate.

The GDPR: The changes that will affect your business
The key changes and additional requirements are:

  • European data protection law will now apply to organisations worldwide
  • Tougher sanctions for non-compliance with fines of up to 4% of global worldwide turnover
  • A new data breach notification obligation
  • New data privacy governance, data mapping and impact assessment requirements
  • A requirement to implement 'privacy by design'
  • Strengthening of individuals' rights to personal data
  • Enhanced requirements for the supply chain

Related People

  • Oliver Yaros
    T +44 20 3130 3698
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    T +44 20 3130 3900
  • Charles-Albert Helleputte
    T +32 2 551 5982
  • Dr. Guido Zeppenfeld, LLM
    T +49 69 7941 2241
  • Rebecca S. Eisner
    T +1 312 701 8577
  • Lei Shen
    T +1 312 701 8852
  • Rajesh De
    T +1 202 263 3366
  • David A. Simon
    T +1 202 263 3388
  • Kendall C. Burman
    T +1 202 263 3210
  • Gabriela Kennedy
    T +852 2843 2380
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