We now have a precise date for the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation to go into effect: May 25, 2018. The official version has been published and is available here. The GDPR, in its official published version, contains 87 densely-packed pages of recitals and articles, and many new and expanded obligations for both "controllers" and "processors" of personal data. Many companies will need the full two years' lead time to bring their operations and contracts into compliance. (Read our bullet point summary here.)
Susan L. Foster, PhD is a commercial attorney at Mintz with extensive experience advising clients on EU privacy regulations and transactions in life sciences and technology. She's also a Certified Information Privacy Professional. Sue is based in the UK, and her work is often international.