How to keep your data flowing between the UK and the EU

How to keep your data flowing between the UK and the EU after Brexit

Many businesses in the North East process, send and receive data from the EU and EAA*. What do you need to do before 31 October 2019 to ensure that you are fully compliant with data protection laws?

It’s important to remember that your organisation may be responsible for data that flows in and out of the EU/EAA even if you don’t provide services or import/export products to the EU/EAA.

The good news is that the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has advised that if you’re already compliant with current data protection rules there are only a couple of things you need to consider in order to prepare for Brexit.

  1. Does your business or organisation receive any data from a business or organisation in Europe?
  2. Does your organisation target customers in Europe?

If the answer is “yes” to either of the above questions you should refer to the ICO’s guidance below. They have a selection of resources which will help you understand what you need to do next:

  1. Guidance for small businesses and organisations
  2. Guidance for large businesses and organisations and data protection specialists
  3. Guidance for police and other law enforcement authorities
  4. Frequently asked questions about information rights and Brexit
  5. Keep data flowing from the EAA to the UK – an interactive tool

*The EEA is the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein