UK will need Data Protection Agreement as part of Brexit dea

UK will need Data Protection Agreement as part of Brexit dea

In her latest speech the Prime Minister, Theresa May, said the EU wants to secure a data protection agreement with the EU, ensuring “stability and confidence” post-Brexit.

Setting out her plans for the future partnership between the UK and EU, May highlighted the need for ensuring a data protection deal is in place between the UK and the EU.

She added that the “free flow of data” is “critical for both sides”.

May said: “The UK has exceptionally high standards of data protection. We want to secure an agreement with the EU that provides the stability and confidence for EU and UK businesses? and individuals to achieve our aims in maintaining and developing the UK’s strong trading and economic links with the EU.”

The government has previously said it is aiming to get an adequacy ruling from the European Commission on the UK’s data protection capabilities by aligning UK data protection law with the EU General Data Protection Regulation as closely as possible, ensuring the unhindered flow of data post-Brexit.

However in May’s speech she said she wants more than that.

She said: “We will be seeking more than just an adequacy arrangement and want to see an appropriate ongoing role for the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office.

“This will ensure UK businesses are effectively represented under the EU’s new ‘one-stop-shop’ mechanism for resolving data protection disputes.”

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