Preparation for DP Reform: ICO Guidance

March 14, 2016

To coincide with the Data Protection Practitioner’s Conference in Manchester, the ICO has created a new website devoted to data protection reform (at and has published a 12-step guide to preparation for the implementation of the GDPR.

The new website is where the ICO proposes to post any information about the reform of data protection legislation, including under the General Data Protection Regulation and the Directive: they ‘will use this space to share our plans, and our thinking’.

The guide, Preparing for the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR): 12 steps to take now, gives details of the matters that would benefit form thought or action at this stage.

The guide’s publication coincides with the revelation that the text of the GDPR is not likely to be available until July. Since its implementation deadline is two years from the date of publication in the Official Journal, the deadline might easily slip into late Summer 2018 but some EU jurisdictions might well implement much earlier, or implement incrementally, so those operating outside the UK’s jurisdictions might well have to stay very aware of developments throughout the EU.