Sejal Raja, Head of Employment, recently provided an update on the upcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), focusing on the impact on employment law and HR issues. In this series of briefings, we will highlight the issues that were noted as the most important for those working in HR.

What is the GDPR?

The GDPR is concerned with how personal data is processed. The GDPR will apply in EU member states from 25 May 2018.

GDPR and Brexit

The UK Government has confirmed that this will be the case regardless of Brexit, particularly as the new Data Protection Bill which will replace the current Data Protection Act is making its way through Parliament and is likely to largely mirror the GDPR.

Key GDPR changes

The fundamentals of data protection, including what constitutes personal data and what ‘processing data’ entails, remain largely the same.

There are some changes within the new regime that have a particular impact within an employment law context with the employer being the ‘data controller’ and the employees being ‘data subjects’.