By Gail Crawford, Ulrich Wuermeling and Calum Docherty

GDPR ImplementationThe EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force in May 2018, changing how businesses and the public sector manage customer information. With seven months before the deadline, governments, supervisory authorities, and businesses are working in parallel on GDPR implementation.

Latham reached out to colleagues across the EU to assess the state of the union in terms of national GDPR implementation. Both Germany and Austria have already passed implementing acts, placing them ahead of other EU Member States in aligning with the GDPR. Eleven jurisdictions are in the process of drafting the implementing laws, as they make their way through the national legislative process. Fifteen jurisdictions, however, are still at the initial planning phase.

For full details of how legislation implementation is progressing at a national level, see Latham’s full updated tracker.