The United Kingdom (UK) is set to seek “new arrangements” with the European Union (EU) in order to allow for the continued free flow of personal data, according to a government paper.
The paper puts forward the UK government’s position that a UK-EU model for exchanging and protecting data will be essential to maintain a “deep and special partnership” – a phrase used four times in the document.
“It will help businesses who need to be able to plan their future, they need a sense of what the law will be,” said Dr Karen Mc Cullagh, a legal expert at the University of East Anglia.
On the idea that the Information Commissioner should still have access to EU regulatory dialogue, Dr Mc Cullagh said: “There will be a concern that [UK lawmakers] will lose the ability to influence if they’re not at the table, if they can’t shape future laws.”
Earlier this month, the government said that it would implement the EU’s overarching General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) within British law.
These regulations allow for bigger fines on firms that flout the rules – and it will also be easier for consumers to control information about them online and in databases controlled by companies.
“We want the secure flow of data to be unhindered in the future as we leave the EU,” said Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, on the publication of the paper.
“So a strong future data relationship between the UK and EU, based on aligned data protection rules, is in our mutual interest.”