BEERG: Brexit Could Spell Data Transfer Troubles for UK

July 21, 2017

Personal data transfers may be interrupted when the UK leaves the EU, triggering a mechanism that would require the UK to undergo a complex, detailed, and lengthy application process to re-establish the free flow of such transfers.  BEERG writes in its most recent Global Labor Newsletter: "Many in the EU governance system fear that the ability of the UK intelligence agencies to access citizens' data is even greater than that of the U.S. agencies... So, as of today, in the absence of a deal between the EU and the UK over the terms of Brexit, personal data flows from the EU to the UK could hit the buffers on March 29, 2019.  If [former cabinet secretary] Gus O'Donnell is right, and we believe he is, prepare for computer screens to go blank if you have not put contingency plans in place."  Read the full BEERG Newsletter here.