Three new bills passed at the end of 2018
Whilst it may seem like all of the government’s attention is currently on Brexit, it is worth noting that the whole business of government has not ground to a halt. Indeed, three new justice department bills came into force at the end of 2018 with the result that.
The General Data Protection Regulations
What do you need to know? The General Data Protection Regulations (‘GDPR’) come in to force on the 25th May 2018 and whilst the Regulations are new, the principles and requirements are not. The GDPR is an overhaul of the Data Protection Act 1998 (‘DPA’), and extends to the processing of personal data of all data subjects in the whole of the EU. Brexit will not prevent businesses from needing to comply with the Regulations. In practice for those businesses that have already been complying fully with the DPA, they should not need to undertake much work to ensure that they are compliant with the GDPR, and will at the very least have the basics in place.
More legal aid support for victims of domestic violence
The Ministry of Justice has announced that victims of domestic violence will get more support in taking abusive former partners to court.