Observers: GDPR Will Continue to Cover UK Residents Post-Brexit

With the recent GDPR probes happening, some are wondering what impact Brexit will have. As it turns it out, UK residents will still be under GDPR protection.

In the wake of the recently announced GDPR probe into Tinder, some might be wondering if the laws still apply post-Brexit.

As many people know, Brexit was made official on January 31, 2020. Understanding all the legal and political ramifications is by no means an easy task. One aspect, however, is what impact does Brexit have on the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Do the laws no longer apply in the UK or is there an agreement in place to keep these laws in place? For some observers, the answer is actually the latter. From ProPrivacy:

As part of Boris Johnson’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill, the data privacy protections afforded by GDPR will remain intact for UK residents. Essentially, the current GDPR rules will still apply in the UK after Brexit and will be absorbed into and work hand in hand with the UK’s existing Data Protection Act of 2018.

The UK government has indicated that plans to retain GDPR in domestic law, but the Withdrawal Agreement Bill allows for minor amendments to the regulation to ensure that it works as effectively as possible for UK residents. The extent of which will mostly consist of modifications to some terminology in the legislation to make it fit in the context of the UK.

For instance, any references to EU Member State law in the text of the legislation will be modified to instead reference UK Domestic law. Basically, any amendments to the law will be minimal and will not have a significant impact on the current state of affairs when it comes to data protection for UK residents.

As it is in the UK’s best interest to retain a free flow of information with the EU, it is important to preserve robust data privacy rules that are in line with and up to the standards of GDPR. Ultimately, the fundamental principles of GDPR will remain in effect after Brexit and UK residents should expect the same data protection they have been afforded through GDPR going forward. And as such, UK businesses should expect to remain in compliance.

So, although minor adjustments can be made, GDPR is still intact for UK residents post-Brexit. As such, residents can continue to utilize the benefits and businesses will still have to retain compliance.

For us, this was actually a lingering question we’ve had up to this point as we really didn’t know for sure. So, it is interesting to know that, yes, GDPR is still alive and well in the UK. For supporters, this is probably great news. For opponents, this might not be the greatest news in the world. Either way, now you know.

Drew Wilson on Twitter: @icecube85 and Facebook.

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