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Brexit series #4 – data protection changes?

Posted on: January 22nd, 2021 by Ginny Hallam

Does the UK’s departure from the EU have any effect on our data protection rules and in particular those introduced by the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations)?

The short answer – no. The Data Protection Act 2018 continues to apply post-Brexit.

Great news for employers, but you’ll need to consider:

  1. Part of the Brexit deal included a provision that UK data protection was to be treated as ‘adequate’ up until 30 June 2021, meaning employers can continue to exchange personal data with other businesses in the EU up until this point.
  2. If the EU decide that from 1 July 2021 UK data protection isn’t ‘adequate’, you’ll need to have a written agreement in place with any EU business you exchange personal data with confirming that you will comply with EU data rules going forward.

Get in touch if you need to discuss any questions on the impact of Brexit on data protection, or your employment law processes more broadly.


This update is accurate on the date it was sent (22 January 2021), but may be subject to change which may or may not be notified to you. This update is not to be taken as advice and you should seek advice if anything contained within affects you or your business.