UK representative required under the UK GDPR
Does my company need a UK representative?
If your company does not have an office or establishment in the United Kingdom (UK), but conducts business with UK clients you may have to appoint a UK representative. Under Article 27 of the UK GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) you must appoint a UK representative if you process personal data in the following contexts:
- offering goods or services to individuals in the UK (irrespective of whether or not they are free of charge), or
- monitoring the behaviour of individuals in the UK.
This obligation applies to both controllers and processors.
What does the UK representative do?
UK representatives have to meet the following UK GDPR requirements in particular:
- Communicate on your behalf with the ICO and data subjects.
- Maintain your record of processing activities (ROPA) and make these records available to the ICO upon request.
How do I choose the best UK representative?
A UK representative can be an individual, a company or an organisation established in the UK (e.g. a law firm, consultancy or private company).
The UK GDPR does not specify the minimum qualifications a UK representative must hold. However, it is strongly advisable to consider a representative that has a broad understanding of both legal and technical data protection issues to ensure efficient communication with the ICO.
4 good reasons to choose an activeMind.legal expert as your UK representative
Our representative services are provided by a team of expert lawyers with in-depth experience of data protection and data security certifications.
We have broad experience of working with EU and UK regulators and responding effectively to more complex interactions with data subjects. We also help our clients in the EU and the UK with processing records on a regular basis.
We advise on all questions relating to UK data protection law and privacy compliance and can help you to set up a data protection management system (DPMS).
If your company does not have an office or other establishment in the UK or in the EU we can offer you both services as a one-stop shop: UK representative and EU representative required under the GDPR.
Please provide us with some information about your company. We will contact you within two working days with an individual offer for your UK representative.