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The European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018. With less than one year to go, businesses must start to get ready for a game-changing regulation.


  • The most common advice found in regulators' guidelines issued so far is to adopt a risk-based approach to data processing. In practice, this means adhering to the concept of "privacy-by-design" (i.e., putting privacy at the heart of each decision related to collecting and processing personal data).
  • Despite the uncertainty cast around data protection regulation due to the UK's decision to leave the EU, it is unlikely that this will result into a set of rules radically different from the GDPR. In fact, it is likely that UK legislation after Brexit will mirror the GDPR quite closely.

Features and Benefits

  • This research note shows key findings of Ovum's recent How Regulators and Businesses are Preparing for Implementation of the GDPR report.
  • This research note demonstrates how regulators are progressing in adapting to the GDPR and how industry has to change its practices.

Key questions answered

  • How are regulators helping industry get ready for the GDPR?
  • How is Brexit going to impact compliance with the GDPR?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • Regulators' guidelines are a timely tool to start preparing for the GDPR
  • Brexit will not mean avoiding the GDPR, and this could be good news for the UK tech industry
  • Privacy is more of a concern for regulators than for users, although this could soon change


  • Further reading
  • Author

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