The EU General Data Protection Regulation is finally agreed!

The EU General Data Protection Regulation was finally agreed on Thursday 14th of April 2016 when the European Parliament and the Council adopted it. The GDPR will replace the current Directive and will be directly applicable in all Member States without the need for implementing national legislation.

The GDPR will be soon published in the Official Journal of European Union and it will effective after it has entered into force 20 days later the publication. It will not come applicable immediately, this is likely to happen in the first half of 2018. There will be two year time for the businesses to comply with the requirements stated in the Regulation. However, as it contains some onerous obligations, it will have an immediate impact.

The aim of the GDPR is to create more consistent data protection regime across the EU. The new GDPR also broadens the geographic scope of EU data protection law, imposes several obligations on data controllers as well as their service providers, moreover the regulation creates new rights for individuals and includes a regime of remarkable fines for compliance failures.


Our office organizes professional lectures on the subject area. More information of the lectures can be obtained from the Head of Training Division, Ms. Katri Nousiainen tel. +358 40 77 11 098,


More information on the new Regulation can be found via