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February 8 2018

GDPR guidance may not be out until April

GDPR compliance is fast approaching, and despite UK firms' general optimism, guidance on how to approach the regulations may not be released until next April.

The Article 29 Working Party announced that it has only just begun its consultation on GDPR, which closes on January 27, 2018. The UK Information Commissioner 's Office (ICO) had originally pledged to publish consent guidance for GDPR in June 2017, but it was delayed, as well. At the time ICO claimed that it was waiting for the Article 29 Working Part, which involved one member from each EU member state, to release its consent guidance. In order to ensure smooth compliance, several industry associations have urged the Government and ICO to align itself as closely as possible with the EU on data protection policy.