The data protection landscape was dramatically reshaped with the introduction of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) on 25 May 2018, but it wasn’t the only law that took effect that day.
The UK DPA (Data Protection Act) 2018 also came into force, and although it arrived with much less fanfare than the EU GDPR, it’s just as important.
In this blog, we explain why the DPA 2018 exists, what it contains and how it relates to the EU GDPR.
Similarities between the DPA 2018 and the EU GDPR
You can think of the DPA 2018 as a UK-specific version of the EU GDPR. It enacts the Regulation’s requirements into UK law, clarifies certain terms, such as ‘controller’ and ‘public authority’, and documents the UK’s position on aspects of the Regulation that member states are free to adjust.
The most prominent of these adjustments is the age at which a data subject is no longer considered a child. The EU GDPR sets this at 16 but allows member states to set the threshold as low as 13, which the UK has done.
This is just one of the reasons that you must read the DPA 2018 and the EU GDPR alongside one another. Doing so enables you to see your overall requirements and the things you must take into account when dealing with UK residents.
Moreover, after Brexit, the EU GDPR will be enacted in UK law under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018. This new regime – the UK GDPR – will ensure that data protection requirements remain as consistent as possible after Brexit.
You can read more about this in our introduction to the DPA 2018 blog.
Interested in DPA 2018 training?
The changes to UK data protection law mean that anyone who handles personal information must have an in-depth understanding of their requirements.
Our Data Protection Act 2018 Distance Learning training course is the ideal resource for those who want to get that information in a quick and convenient way.
The course contains eight modules that cover everything you need to know about the DPA 2018. You can study at your own pace, pausing and picking up the content around your schedule. This makes it perfect for anyone who can’t commit to a whole day’s uninterrupted training or who wants the option to repeat tricky topics and skip familiar territory.