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GDPR Guidance (2) Lead Supervisory Authority

The General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”) will come into force on the 25th May 2018, replacing the existing data protection framework under the EU Data Protection Directive.

This is the second document in a series of Guidance Notes that the Gibraltar Regulatory Authority (“GRA”), as the Data Protection Commissioner, will issue in the run up to the 25th May 2018.

This Guidance Note provides general advice on the Lead Supervisory Authority principle, which is introduced in the GDPR.

Currently, organisations who have establishments in one or more EU Member States may be subject to different data protection laws and enforcement approaches. Going forward, under the GDPR, organisations with several establishments in the EU can benefit from the Lead Supervisory Authority principle and only have to report to one
Supervisory Authority i.e. the Lead Supervisory Authority. This is also known as the “one-stop-shop” mechanism, which allows for a more cost-effective approach and is seen as a solution to the problems faced by organisations who operate across multiple EU Member States.

In the following, the GRA provides advice on the GDPR’s Lead Supervisory Authority principle.