On April 14, 2016, after four years of drafting and negotiations, the long awaited EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) has been adopted at the EU level. Following the EU Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs’ vote earlier this week and the EU Parliament in plenary session, the GDPR is now officially EU law and will directly apply in all EU countries, replacing EU and national data protection legislation.

The GDPR replaces the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, which was enacted in 1995, and significantly changes the EU data protection landscape. Read a summary of the key aspects of the GDPR.

Hunton & Williams’ Privacy and Cybersecurity practice lawyers have released The EU General Data Protection Regulation, a Guide for In-House Lawyers. EU data protection law will change significantly in several areas, affecting all businesses in the energy, financial, health care, real estate, manufacturing, retail, technology and transportation industries, among others. The Guide will assist in-house lawyers and privacy professionals with understanding the new GDPR and planning ahead for implementation. Download a free copy of the guide.