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ICO Warns UK to Prepare for Brexit "No Deal" Data Flows

January 28, 2019 / Phil Muncaster

The UK’s privacy regulator has warned businesses to prepare now for a potential Brexit 'no deal,' claiming they may have to put in place standard contractual clauses to ensure unhindered data flows. With Theresa May’s government still refusing to rule out the prospect of allowing the country to exit the EU without a deal, businesses should get to planning their response, argued information commissioner, Elizabeth Denham. Although London will allow personal data flowing from the UK to European Economic Area (EEA) countries unhindered, the same will not be true of data coming into the UK, meaning businesses should start by mapping data flows. “You need to assess whether your business involves transfers of personal data, such as names, addresses, emails and financial details to and from the EEA and if this is going to be lawful in the case of ‘no deal’,” said Denham. “It is the responsibility of every business to know where the personal da...