The GDPR – A Concern for Unregulated Will Writers?

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I’ve recently been investigating for a client, the situation around the requirements of Article 14 of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the actions that this article suggests that the Will Writer should take in relation to being given the Personal Data of beneficiaries.

Article 14 of the GDPR relates to ‘Information to be provided where personal data have not been obtained from the data subject’. The GDPR brings ‘transparency’ to personal data meaning that every data subject ‘has the Right to know if their personal data is processed by anyone’.

The strict interpretation of the GDPR therefore, is that when a Will Writer is given the personal data of the beneficiaries which they...