UK firms given chance to shape GDPR exemptions

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UK businesses feeling the pressure over getting in shape for the EU General Data Protection Regulation have been given a fresh opportunity to shape the legislation in a call for views on exemptions, defined as "derogations", where the UK Government can exercise discretion over how certain provisions will apply.

The consultation, being handled by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), will run until May 17, and covers many key areas of GDPR, including sanctions, compliance, data protection officers, third country transfers and sensitive personal data and exceptions.

While DCMS concedes "there is limited scope for flexibility", it maintains that the UK "pressed hard throughout negotiations to ensure that the GDPR does not place unnecessary burdens on business".

It added: "This consultation approach is an opportunity to inform our derogations policy and is complemented by discussions we are already having with a range of stakeholders."

According to the paper, DCMS is encouraging all stakeholders to “submit their views through the online ‘Call for Views’. This exercise will capture views on the flexibilities permitted within the GDPR”.

For more details visit the official Government website.

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