It’s official! Data Protection Act 2018 given Royal Assent today

Today, the Queen gave Royal Assent to the Data Protection Act 2018, which was first announced in the Queen’s Speech on the 21st June 2017, as mentioned in a previous blog. The new act comes into effect on Friday 25 May 2018.

The previous legislation – the Data Protection Act 1998 – which we all know and love, has served us well and placed the UK at the front of global data protection standards. In its place, the Data Protection Act 2018 modernises the protection of personal data in the UK in a way properly addresses our increasingly digital economy and society. As our Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham, blogged and tweeted earlier today, this is a data protection law that is built to last.

This Act has a number of purposes:

  1. To make bring the UK’s data protection laws into the digital age, in which an ever increasing amount of data is being processed;
  2. To empower people to take control of their data and to protect their fundamental rights to privacy;
  3. To support UK businesses and organisations through the change;
  4. To ensure that the UK is prepared for the future, and can still trade with the European Union after Brexit;
  5. To repeal and replace the Data Protection Act 1998 with a comprehensive and modern framework for data protection in the UK, with stronger sanctions for the misuse of personal data;
  6. To set new standards for protecting personal data, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation, giving people more control over use of their data, and providing them with new rights to access, move and restrict the use of their personal data.

Watch this space for updates on when the new ePrivacy Regulation will come into force to replace PECR.

Forbes Solicitors regularly advise a range of businesses on data protection law including compliance with the DPA, PECR and preparing for the GDPR and ePrivacy Regulation including providing training.  We offer a range of fixed fee Data Protection support services, including a dedicated DPO support service, and would be happy to discuss how we can assist you with your preparations for Friday and beyond. Feel free to get in touch with me at or on 01254 222451.

Dan Crayford

About Dan Crayford

Dan joined Forbes in 2014, gaining experience in complex insurance litigation which involved advising clients in the construction and public sectors. In early 2017, Dan joined the Commercial team and moved to specialise in advising clients in the public, quasi-public and third sectors, predominantly in the fields of construction, procurement, social housing regulation, and education governance. Dan has a particular interest in contracts and procurement law, with a focus on advising registered providers of social housing, educational institutions, and other public and charitable organisations. Dan has worked with a range of clients in these sectors including registered providers of social housing of all sizes, maintained schools to MATs, other charities and community entities including CIOs, and CICs. Dan also regularly advises organisations from all sectors on data protection and freedom of information matters, including GDPR, PECR, and Environmental Information Regulations.
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