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How Will Brexit Change Data Management and Security In The UK?

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Amidst continued Brexit uncertainty, we are pleased to offer a light at the end of the tunnel where data management and security are concerned.

We know that uncertainty can create misinformation and mythology. When it comes to data management and security there are two particular myths that we often hear from businesses.

Myth #1

After Brexit, we won’t have to bother anymore with GDPR and we can go back to managing our data in whatever way suits us best.”

Myth #2

“Our business is at significant risk because after Brexit we won’t be able to transfer data between our UK offices and European customers.”

The Truth

The reality is much simpler for everyone. Whether we have a deal or crash out with no deal, Brexit will not require business in the UK to change their approach to data security and management.

Instead, the Information Commissioners Office advises that the best way to prepare for Brexit is to comply with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Government has made it clear that GDPR will be incorporated alongside the Data Protection Act. Transfers of data between the UK and European Economic Area (EEA) will not be restricted and any business receiving personal data from EEA will have to comply with EU data protection laws.

The Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and the Freedom of Information Act will still apply for marketing calls, emails, text, cookies and general e-privacy.

When it comes to data management and security there is absolute clarity, in a world of Brexit uncertainty. The best way to prepare is to be GDPR compliant across all of your business operations.

It’s a simple message and worth remembering that compliance is not merely a moment in time. It needs to be reviewed and audited on an ongoing basis.

Has it been more than a year since your last GDPR audit? If so it’s time for a review.

Contact us to schedule a full GDPR Gap Analysis for your business and reduce your risk of falling foul of compliance.