Five months on, GDPR doubts remain for this lawyer

Five months on, GDPR doubts remain for this lawyer

With GDPR having taken effect (in at least several EU member states) in late May it’s now getting on for five months that we have had time to absorb this mountainous addition to data protection law. And after the extraordinary cavalcade that attended GDPR it’s perhaps time to review what has happened since. I spoke to Jonathan Armstrong, a Partner at Cordery, a London law firm that specializes in compliance issues, and long a plainspoken voice on the nuances of the legislation. The following is an edited version of our conversation conducted recently at the firm’s offices.


Early days

I began by asking Armstrong to look back at the foundational ideas behind GDPR and areas that have perhaps since been overlooked in the obsessing over the size of potential fines, data breach disclosure and the ‘right to be forgotten’.

“We put out a [research] note right at the beginning,” he recalls. “GDPR was sold as an upgrade to the existing data protection regulation and the theory was that there’s less red tape for business if Europe acts as one.”

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