Brexit and data protection

Submitted by tom on Tue, 07/05/2016 - 18:01
St John's College, Cambridge
St John's College Cambridge is host to some of the world's top data protection specialists this week, and me

Data protection isn't at the forefront of many minds when it comes to the impact of 'Brexit'. But the European Union's new data protection law – the EU General Data Protection Regulation – is due to enter into effect on May 25, 2016. And that timing will cause a few headaches.

The two-year time period allocated for leave negotiations (although faster is possible) once the UK pulls the 'Article 50 trigger poses a conundrum.

The new DP law will probably take effect before the UK departs, leaving companies scratching their heads wondering if it's worth complying when the new rules might only apply for a few months.

All this and much more was under discussion at Privacy Laws & Business's 29th Annual International Conference at the wonderful St John's College Cambridge.

More from me on this in upcoming issues of PL&B's International and UK reports.