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UK issues data protection "Future partnership paper"

Published On:Thursday, August 24, 2017

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The UK Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU), as part of the series of papers on Article 50 and negotiations with the EU, has today issued "The exchange and protection of personal data - a future partnership paper", which describes how the UK Government expects its data protection laws, and associated relationships, to look after Brexit.

DExEU has stated:

"As the UK and the EU build a new, deep and special partnership, it is essential that we agree a UK-EU model for protecting and exchanging personal data which allows free flows of data to continue between the EU and UK, and provides for ongoing regulatory cooperation and certainty for businesses and other stakeholders.

This should reflect the unprecedented alignment between British and European law and recognises the high data protection standards that will be in place at the point of exit.

As the UK and the EU build a new, deep and special partnership, it is essential that we agree a UK-EU model for protecting and exchanging personal data which allows free flows of data to continue between the EU and UK, and provides for ongoing regulatory cooperation and certainty for businesses and other stakeholders.

This should reflect the unprecedented alignment between British and European law and recognises the high data protection standards that will be in place at the point of exit."

The document can be found on DExEU's website - https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/article-50-and-negotiations-with-the-eu

 

Data controllers in the Island should continue to make preparations for the changes brought about by the new European data protection laws.  

However, the Chief Minister has committed to aligning Isle of Man data protection law with the GDPR by May 2018. Although no new data protection law has yet been put out to consultation, the obligations on businesses will be unlikely to differ in any significant way from those imposed by the GDPR.  

This means that all Island businesses, whoever they do business with, should start getting to grips with the new data protection regime and compliance guidance is available in a dedicated area of the website.  "Closer look" guidance is being prepared and will be announced in our Newsletter.

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