UK Position Paper – The exchange and protection of personal data
The UK Government recently published a paper that discusses options for the protection of personal data after the UK leaves the EU.
Recent technological advances have led to huge increases in the amount of personal data being processed and transferred, including across borders. Over time this has necessitated the development of more robust rules to:
- protect personal data from being stolen or disclosed to those without authorisation
- prevent personal data from being misused by those who have access to it
- keep personal data accurate, particularly where automatic decisions are being taken which have an impact on people, such as those concerning pensions, insurance, or creditworthiness.
After leaving the EU, the UK will continue to play a leading global role in the development and promotion of appropriate data protection standards and cross-border data flows.
The UK’s data protection law will fully implement the most up-to-date EU framework, and this will remain the case at the point of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.
It is essential to agree a UK-EU model for exchanging and protecting personal data:
- to maintain the free flow of personal data between the UK and the EU
- to offer sufficient stability and confidence for businesses, public authorities and individuals
- to provide for ongoing regulatory cooperation between the EU and the UK on currentand future data protection issues, building on the positive opportunity of a partnership between global leaders on data protection
- to continue to protect the privacy of individuals
- to respect 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
- to not impose unnecessary additional costs to business
- is based on objective consideration of evidence
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