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‘No-deal’ Brexit risks U.K. and EU data transfer problems

Neil Hodge | November 28, 2018

BRUSSELS—EU data commissioners have said that the United Kingdom would be treated as a “third country” in the event of a “no-deal” Brexit next March and have confirmed that data transfers would be “restricted.”

“Until the European Commission rules that data protection in the U.K. is on a par with that in the EU, the U.K. will be considered as a third country and there will be restrictions on data flows,” said Elizabeth Denham, U.K. Information Commissioner, at the 40th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners in October.

Despite the U.K. and EU agreeing a Brexit withdrawal agreement, there is no guarantee that U.K. Members of Parliament will back it, so a “no deal” scenario still looms large.

An Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) spokesperson said: “The draft Withdrawal Agreement provides that during the implementation period to December 2020, the General Data Protection...

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