Data Protection and Brexit

Speculation concerning Brexit continues apace. It is too early to say whether the special parliamentary session on Sat 19 Oct will resolve anything at all but businesses do need to get ready for Brexit and act now to continue receiving personal data legally from the EU or European Economic Area (EEA).

In a recent press announcement, Digital Secretary Nicky Morgan said:

“If you receive personal data from the EU, you may need to update your contracts with European suppliers or partners to continue receiving this data legally after Brexit. So I am urging all businesses and organisations to check and ensure they are ready for Brexit. UK and EU businesses should get on the front foot and act now to avoid any unnecessary disruption.”

The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) has stated that they are committed to maintain the high standards of GDPR and will look to incorporate these into UK law after Brexit.  So those businesses complying with GDPR should need to do very little to prepare for Brexit.

However, if your business receives personal data from, or sends personal data to the EEA; or has an office in the EEA, you may need to take steps to ensure the data can continue to flow which could include complying with EU and UK regulations.

GDPR and data protection can be difficult areas to understand – please contact Andrew Macmillan if you would like further help or guidance in this area.

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