Portsmouth firm release guide on new legislation

A HAMPSHIRE law firm has warned that firms could lose thousands of pounds if they fall foul of new EU data laws.

Monday, 29th May 2017, 6:55 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 8:55 pm
Bruce Potter, chairman of Blake Morgan

Blake Morgan, a company with offices in Portsmouth and Southampton, states that businesses could be liable for fines of up to £17m or 4 per cent of their worldwide turnover.

The law firm warns that many organisations across the public and private sectors are not prepared for the changes as it launches a free guide on its website to mark the one-year countdown to General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

GDPR comes into force on May 25 next year, and all organisations which retain or process personal information will need to comply.

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Data Protection experts have warned about how clients must now handle personal data.

Bruce Potter, chairman of Blake Morgan, said: ‘We are now just a year away from a major shake-up of information governance laws at a European level and it’s fair to say that many businesses and public sector organisations are underprepared.

‘The huge growth of the digital economy in recent years requires a more robust legal framework to ensure public confidence in the protection of information and organisations now need to adapt to these standards.’