We may be out of the EU, and many would assume this would mean a lucky escape from GDPR. Sadly this wont be the case.
The team at Pinsent and Masons have put together this fascinating article highlighting why Brexit aside, GDPR is coming for us all and why we need to be prepared. It looks at the relationships of the EU and non-members such as Norway, Switzerland and Canada in order to predict the various likelihoods that Brexit will result in both in terms of trade and regulation.
“If action is taken to prevent the GDPR applying directly in the UK, UK data protection laws would probably be changed to reflect standards similar to GDPR after May 2018, to the extent that the UK wants to trade with the EU on equal terms, albeit there may be differences in relation to some of the mechanisms and provisions.
The theme of mutual recognition of laws is central to the future shape of UK data protection legislation, as many other areas of law. The UK broadly has a choice of four possible models of relationship with the EU after formal notification is given to withdraw membership. The UK’s data protection regime will be shaped by whichever model it negotiates. The existing Data Protection Act will be with us for some time to come, and precisely how GDPR is likely to be dealt with is difficult to assess until the new relationship model has been established following political manoeuvring.” – Marc Dautlich, Pinsent Masons, 27th June 2016