Data Protection

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 21st December 2018.

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Photo of Lord Goodlad Lord Goodlad Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what has been the outcome of negotiations with the EU about the relationship between the Information Commissioner's Office and the European Data Protection Board after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Lord Goodlad Lord Goodlad Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government what plans they have to ensure ongoing regulatory cooperation between UK and EU data protection authorities after the UK has left the EU.

Photo of Lord Ashton of Hyde Lord Ashton of Hyde The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The UK government’s White Paper, ‘The Future Relationship Between the United Kingdom and the European Union’ set out an ambitious future relationship with the EU on data protection that builds on standard EU adequacy arrangements to provide for ongoing regulatory cooperation between the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and the EU Data Protection Authorities that make up the European Data Protection Board (EDPB). The White Paper can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-future-relationship-between-the-united-kingdom-and-the-european-union.

The Political Declaration sets out that the UK and the EU should make arrangements for cooperation between the ICO and the EU Data Protection Authorities.

The UK will continue to have high standards of data protection and there will be no immediate change in the UK’s data protection standards. GDPR standards (as incorporated into UK law) will still apply in the UK and the Information Commissioner will remain the UK’s independent supervisory authority on data protection.

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