Currently, the UK relies on the Data Protection Act 1998, which was enacted following the 1995 EU Data Protection Directive. However, this will now be superseded by the new GDPR legislation. GDPR introduces tougher fines for non-compliance and breaches and gives people more say over what companies can do with their data. It also makes data protection rules more or less identical throughout the EU – and is now enforceable in the UK despite Brexit, as it has now been enshrined into British law.
There is more information on the GDPR here.
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