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 based in the UK with extensive experience advising clients on EU privacy regulations and transactions in life sciences and technology. Sue is qualified as a solicitor in England & Wales and is a member of the California bar. She is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional-Europe (CIPP-E).