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Feb 09

UK Data Protection Rules Still to be Clarified Following Brexit

Many issues have emerged from the Brexit vote last summer and possible changes to the UK’s data protection rules is one point that needs to be clarified.

Well, UK digital minister Matt Hancock has recently spoken to a House of Lords Home Affairs sub-committee on this very matter. Hancock said during the session that the country’s laws on this subject are most likely going to closely reflect the existing European Union data protection legislation.

This would mean that Brexit wouldn’t really result in any great changes in the way that information is able to move back and forward between the UK and EU countries. In fact, the minister said that the British government is keen to “ensure unhindered data flows” in the aftermath of the referendum last summer.

He also confirmed that these data flows should also be “uninterrupted”. When asked directly whether this meant that there would be no big data protection cut-off date from Europe he replaced succinctly with the word “exactly”.

Hancock was reluctant to get into specific details on the matter, quoting the Primer Minister’s view that they don’t want to undermine the country’s negotiations with the EU. However, it is expected that British politicians will look to maintain the data flow with those other countries that the European Union has agreements in place with, as well as with the EU.

For instance, the EU-US Privacy Shield deal will have to be discussed, as Britain will no longer be covered by this agreement following the conclusion of Brexit arrangements.

So, it appears that data protection rules and laws in this country will be largely in line with those of our European counterparts. However, it remains unclear which agency will be responsible for arbitrating any issues or conflicts that arise, as the UK will no longer be under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

Despite being urged to provide some more details on the various options being considered in terms of implementing UK data protection rules, Hancock would not be drawn on the “pros and cons of various different arrangements” that could be put in place eventually. Neither would be comment on what could happen if they are unable to get a suitable agreement in place with the EU countries.

Of course, no matter how this issue is eventually resolved, keeping their data under control should be one of the main concerns of any company. One way of ensuring a better use of data is by using trustworthy protection tools to keep your databases relevant and up to date all the time.

By allying data matching and data cleansing tools to a rigorous staff training process is it possible to feel confident about handling any changes to the data protection rules that come along. With a manageable and controlled customer database there is no longer any need to worry about what information you might hold and not be fully aware of.

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