At the moment personal data flow is unrestricted because the UK is an EU member state. If the proposed EU withdrawal agreement is approved, businesses can be assured that personal data will continue to flow until 2020 while a longer term solution can be put in place. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) explains that in the event of ‘no deal’, EU law will require additional measures to be put in place by UK companies when personal data is transferred from the European Economic Area (EEA) to the UK, in order to make them lawful.

 

The blog, and the guidance and tools on the ICO website, are designed to help business prepare and improve awareness of the issues raised if the UK exits the EU without a withdrawal agreement. For example, there is a tool to help organisations put contract terms in place providing the lawful basis for data transfers.

 

The ICO promises further help in the pipeline.

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Disclaimer - all information in this article was correct at time of publishing.

 

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