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How UK Data Protection Bill reduces data subject rights

Given that it is the Second Reading of the Data Protection Bill (DPBill) today, I thought I would write a series of blogs identifying where the DPBill is deficient; I hope to complete this series of blogs before Committee stage so that suggested amendments can be tabled.

This is especially important, as last Friday, the Prime Minister stated that a high standard of data protection was essential to a prosperous, post-Brexit, Britain and that “The UK has exceptionally high standards of data protection”.

Source: How the Data Protection Bill reduces data subject rights and, in particular, workers’ rights

UK PM confident of maintaining data protection standards post-Brexit

This afternoon, Theresa May, Prime Minister, spoke about data protection law as part of her major policy speech in London on all aspects of Brexit.

She said “the free flow of data is also critical for both sides in any modern trading relationship too. The UK has exceptionally high standards of data protection. And we want to secure an agreement with the EU that provides the stability and confidence for EU and UK business and individuals to achieve our aims in maintaining and developing the UK’s strong trading and economic links with the EU.

Source: UK PM confident of maintaining data protection standards post-Brexit – Privacy Laws & Business

Buttarelli gives the post-Brexit options for the UK and insights into the EU DP Board

Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor, in London yesterday, explained that Elizabeth Denham, UK Information Commissioner, has been working hard to explore different scenarios to ensure that the UK will continue working as a partner with the European Union after 29 March next year when it becomes a 3rd country.

He referred to the data protection impact of the UK staying one or two steps outside the European Union.

Source: Buttarelli gives the post-Brexit options for the UK and insights into the EU DP Board – Privacy Laws & Business

May Wants Total Alignment With EU Data Rules After Brexit

U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May proposed keeping Britain in total alignment with the European Union’s data-sharing rules after Brexit, something that would allow both intelligence agencies and business to continue to share information across borders.

The U.K. regards the EU’s data rules, which are crucial to both companies and security agencies, as one of its successes within the bloc — the British Information Commissioner’s Office played a large role in their development. Staying aligned would allow the sharing of information between offices in different countries confident that it was subject to proper protection rules.

Source: May Wants Total Alignment With EU Data Rules After Brexit – Bloomberg

Many UK’s Data Protection Bill exemptions are expanded, unexplained and some permit unlawful processing

The political kerfuffle over the Government’s Brexit machinations makes it timely to point out that the European Commission’s negotiating document on Brexit states that the UK’s implementation of the GDPR is an issue of importance in any negotiations.

Source: Many Data Protection Bill exemptions are expanded, unexplained and some permit unlawful processing

Thinking Strategically About Brexit and Data Protection

To date, the main legacy of the Brexit referendum of 2016 appears to be a country split in half: some badly wish the UK would continue to be a member of the EU and some are equally keen on making a move. Yet, there seems to be at least one thing on which Remainers and Leavers will agree: nobody knows exactly what is going to happen.

Source: Thinking Strategically About Brexit and Data Protection

Will companies need to identify new lead supervisory authorities for their UK BCRs?

On Jan. 9, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Justice and Consumers published a€œ “Notice to Stakeholders” on the intersection of Brexit and EU data protection rules. The guidance clarified, “€œTransfers based on approved standard data protection clauses or on binding corporate rules will not be subject to a further, specific authorisation from a supervisory authority.” One interpretation of this statement is that BCRs currently approved by the U.K. Information Commissioner’€™s Office will continue to be a compliant way to transfer data out of the EU after Brexit officially takes hold.

Source: Will companies need to identify new lead supervisory authorities for their UK BCRs?

Brexit may invalidate 1 in 4 BCRs … what to do?

Brexit has the potential to invalidate U.K. lead-authorized BCRs. If you don’t know: BCRs are a set of European data protection standards which enable private multinational companies to legally export data belonging to citizens of the European Economic Area (EEA) data.

Source: Brexit may invalidate 1 in 4 BCRs … what to do?

Government reiterates plans for EU-UK data flows post-Brexit

The UK government has reiterated its plans to establish an agreement with the remainder of the EU member states that will allow personal data to flow across borders unhindered post-Brexit.

Source: Government reiterates plans for EU-UK data flows post-Brexit amidst criticism of Data Protection Bill powers

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