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Government to outline Brexit personal data proposal today

David Bicknell Published 24 August 2017

Position paper expected to discuss “ambitious model” featuring idea of shared approach on data protection


The government is expected to release its plans for arrangements to ensure personal data would be able to move between the UK and the EU in the future after Britain leaves the EU.

Here is the link to the "exchange and protection of personal data A FUTURE PARTNERSHIP PAPER" government position paper.  

The latest in a series of paper weighing up the issues surrounding the UK’s future partnership with the EU is due to be published around 12 noon today.

The government has said that within its proposal it is considering the case for a “unique approach” that could allow data to continue to be exchanged to ensure ongoing competitiveness, innovation and job creation.

The document is expected to outline how “an ambitious model for the protection and exchange of personal data with the EU that reflects 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.”

Minister for Digital Matt Hancock said, ”In the modern world, data flows increasingly underpin trade, business and all relationships. We want the secure flow of data to be unhindered in the future as we leave the EU. So a strong future data relationship between the UK and EU, based on aligned data protection rules, is in our mutual interest.

"The UK is leading the way on modern data protection laws and we have worked closely with our EU partners to develop world leading data protection standards.

"The paper published today sets out how we think our data relationship should continue. Our goal is to combine strong privacy rules with a relationship that allows flexibility, to give consumers and businesses certainty in their use of data.”

The government has reiterated that the digital economy is important to the UK’s economy. In 2015 it was worth £118.4bn, or 7.1 per cent of UK’s total GVA.

The UK says it is keen to ensure that the new UK-EU model for exchanging and protecting personal data allows data to continue to be exchanged in a safe and properly regulated way; offers sufficient stability and confidence for businesses, public authorities and individuals; provides for ongoing regulatory cooperation between the EU and the UK on current and future data protection issues, building on the positive opportunity of a partnership between global leaders on data protection; continues to protect the privacy of individuals; respects UK sovereignty, including the UK’s ability to protect the security of its citizens and its ability to maintain and develop its position as a leader in data protection; does not impose unnecessary additional costs to business; and is based on "objective consideration of evidence."

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