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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new European Union (EU) data privacy law. It comes into full effect on 25 May 2018.

GDPR's main purpose is to create one coherent data protection framework across the EU. It will substantially enhance data protection and privacy rights in the EU, and imposes a comprehensive set of principles and obligations which businesses trading with EU will need to be aware of and comply with.

You can find out more about the GDPR in this EU GDPR general information document provided to Asia Pacific Privacy Authorities (APPA) by the EU's Article 29 Data Protection Working Party.

GDPR could affect New Zealand companies doing business with EU countries. New Zealand Trade and Enterprise (NZTE) has created a resource to help NZ businesses.

You can view or download the NZTE guidance here.