Data Protection under Withdrawal Agreement

Data Protection Under Withdrawal Agreement: What Does It Mean?

With Brexit looming, many people are concerned about what this will mean for data protection. The Withdrawal Agreement provides some clarity on this issue, but many questions still remain.

The Withdrawal Agreement

The Withdrawal Agreement is the agreement that was reached between the UK and the EU on the terms of the UK`s withdrawal from the EU. The Withdrawal Agreement sets out a number of provisions relating to data protection. The most important of these are the provisions relating to the transfer of personal data between the UK and the EU.

Transfer of Personal Data

Under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), personal data can only be transferred to countries outside the EU if those countries provide an adequate level of data protection. The UK is currently an EU member state and therefore provides an adequate level of data protection. However, once the UK leaves the EU, it will become a third country and will need to demonstrate that it still provides an adequate level of data protection.

The Withdrawal Agreement provides for a transition period during which the UK will continue to be treated as an EU member state for the purposes of data protection. This means that during the transition period, personal data can continue to be transferred between the UK and the EU as it is now.

However, the transition period is due to end on 31 December 2020. If there is no agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU by that date, the UK will become a third country and will need to demonstrate that it provides an adequate level of data protection.

Adequacy Decision

An adequacy decision is a decision by the European Commission that a third country provides an adequate level of data protection. If an adequacy decision is made in respect of the UK, personal data can continue to be transferred between the UK and the EU without restriction. However, the European Commission has indicated that it will not make an adequacy decision until the UK has left the EU and until it is satisfied that the UK provides an adequate level of data protection.

If an adequacy decision is not made, then personal data transfers between the UK and the EU will have to be based on other mechanisms, such as Standard Contractual Clauses or Binding Corporate Rules.

Conclusion

The Withdrawal Agreement provides some clarity on the issue of data protection after Brexit. However, many questions still remain. It is important for businesses to ensure that they are prepared for the end of the transition period and to have contingency plans in place in case an adequacy decision is not made.

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