Brexit Makes No Real Difference to Data Protection Laws Says ICO
The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) has stated that despite the Brexit vote there will be no relaxation in data protection laws and that the data protection laws set by the EU will still apply.
Data protection law can be a complicated area and the complications surrounding Brexit and the confusion and lack of knowledge about exactly what kind of relationship the UK will now have with the rest of Europe has led to speculation about the relevance to the UK of EU data protection laws.
What Is GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is new EU data protection law that is due to come into force in 2018 and will affect all companies worldwide that process the data of EU citizens.
ICO Group Manager Said Basically ‘No Change’
Prior to the Bexit vote the ICO's group manager Garreth Cameron is reported to have told delegates at the Data Security in the Cloud conference that the UK's strong data protection laws would remain unaffected by a vote to leave the EU although that the exact details of how they work in that new context would be a matter for the UK government to decide.
Consistency and Reform
The ICO has also stated that consistency in data protection laws for international trade is going to remain an important issue and that the huge growth in the digital economy has meant that there may need to be at least some reform to the UK’s existing data laws.
What Does This Mean For Your Business?
It’s a case of keep calm and carry on where data protection laws are concerned. The same data protection laws and regulations apply for the time being and it is also important that businesses make sure that they are prepared for and up to speed with GDPR because even though it is an EU regulation, it applies to all countries worldwide including the UK.