Protect your data in light of the new EU programme of changes
We have good news!
The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement contains a 6 month bridge that allows the continued free flow of information.
What do I need to know?
Many different types of businesses keep records of people’s data, which can be transferred from the UK to other countries and vice versa. Now we're in a new regime with the EU, You may be worried about whether you will still be able to send information to other countries or receive data in turn.
If you receive personal data from the EU for business use, you should check the current guidance on using personal data in your business or organisation.
What exactly do I need to do?
- If you hold a .eu domain, check if you need to replace it.
- If you provide online services to countries in the EEA, check if rules in those countries now apply.
- If your business is a Digital Service Provider to the EU/European Economic Area, make sure you comply with the Network and Information Systems Regulations and associated EU Directive. More guidance.
Does this affect GDPR?
No it doesn't.
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has been retained in UK law and will continue to be read alongside the Data Protection Act 2018, with technical amendments to ensure it can function in UK law. The Information Commissioner remains the UK’s independent supervisory authority on data protection.
Rules relating to online activities in the EU may newly apply to your online service/s.
You should consider whether the online services you provide are currently in scope and ensure that you are compliant with relevant requirements in each EU country you operate in.
The rules that you may need to start following covers legal requirements that apply to information society services, for example, rules relating to online information, online advertising, online shopping, online contracting.
Be reassured that trading across borders is easy and inexpensive with the guarantee that both sides will accept electronic signatures and electronic documents, as well as ensuring that contracts can be done digitally.
This will minimise the need for costly paper copies, help companies to streamline their international trade processes, and reduce burdens and complexity for the average business.