The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which overhauls a data protection regime dating from 1995, becomes effective across the European Economic Area (EEA), including in the UK, from May 25, 2018.

Experts testifying at a pre-trial hearing into the Costa Concordia disaster have strongly rebutted claims by the ship’s captain, Francesco Schettino, that absent his decisive action in running the vessel aground off the island of Giglio many more would have died.