Two of the most hot topics nowadays evolve around Brexit and the GDPR. In this Article, we will briefly examine the effect that one will have to the other.

Organizations within and outside of the UK must be prepared to face the consequences of a no-deal Brexit and ensure compliance with data protection principles and regulations.

In the event that the UK leaves the EU with no deal, this means that no agreed principles will be implemented in terms of, among others, data protection matters/transfers and organizations must be prepared to face such a situation and put in place measures in order to be in compliance with the GDPR.

UK faces the risk of being identified as a third country, which in essence means that it will be subject to scrutiny in terms of compliance with data protection laws and in particular the GDPR.

Although the UK government has stated that it will permit data to flow from the UK to EEA (European Economic Area) countries, however, organisations that transmit data from the EEA to the UK will be affected and will need to strictly follow the provisions of the GDPR in relation to transmission of personal data to third countries (Articles 44 to 50).

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