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HR and the GDPR: how is consent changing?


This article examines what will be required for valid consent to processing data under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how employers should be preparing for that.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) employers routinely rely on individuals' consent for the lawful processing of data. When the GDPR comes into force in May 2018 this is likely to change and the use of consent will be very different to what we know now. For employers, along with the expansion of the definitions of personal and sensitive personal data, this will be a very significant change.

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