Iceland: Ministry of Justice Announces Draft Bill on Implementation of GDPR

On November 21, 2017 the Ministry of Justice announced amendments will be made to the privacy data protection regulation with the aim of implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the country. As Iceland is not an EU member state but is a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), the new regulation will not apply until it has been formally incorporated into the EEA agreement.

However, the ministry warns that "under certain circumstances Icelandic nationals whose activity includes working with personal information within the EU fall under the scope of the provisions, even if the EEA Agreement does not come into effect".

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