Data Protection

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 3rd July 2017.

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Photo of Hilary Benn Hilary Benn Labour, Leeds Central

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, whether he has had discussions with EU negotiators on the need for a data adequacy decision in respect of the UK at the point that the UK leaves the EU; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Robin Walker Robin Walker The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

As negotiations commence our future data sharing relationship with the EU will be one of a wide range of issues we need to discuss with the EU.

The government is clear that the ability to collect, share and process personal data is crucial for the economy, and also for our wider ability to cooperate across borders, including on law enforcement and security issues. As part of plans for the UK’s exit from the EU, we are considering how best to maintain our ability to share, receive and protect EU data with EU member states.

Incorporating the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) into UK law will be the foundation of our data protection legislative framework. We will continue to provide a very high standard of data protection rules once we leave the EU.

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