After a lengthy delay of eighteen months, the UK's new Data Protection Act will come into force on 1st March next year. Building on the existing 1984 Act protecting personal data, the new Act will provide: A protocol for data exchange between the EU and US has yet to be agreed - this is expected to take a further 6 months to agree.

The Registrar has not extended the date for compliance for pre-existing databases - databases established before 24th October 1998 must comply by 24 October 2001.

More info from The Data Protection Registrar.