Brexit and GDPR: what you need to know


30 June 2021

Many organisations are still in the process of updating their GDPR procedures for Brexit. Whilst the justifications for this are many and varied, one consistent message we are hearing is that organisations simply do not know what is required of them.

This is perhaps unsurprising given that, as with so many aspects of data protection compliance, there is no one size fits all solution. The situation is, of course, not helped by the ongoing uncertainty as to whether the UK will secure an adequacy decision from the EU Commission before the current data bridge arrangements come to an end.

Free guidance

In an effort to bring some clarity to the situation, Birketts has now published an updated version of its free guide, ‘Brexit and GDPR: What you need to know and do.’ The guide, originally published in November 2020, comprises a summary of the headline issues and terms that organisations need to be aware of, together with a practical checklist enabling organisations to identify what compliance steps they will need to take.

Advice in brief

  1. Many organisations will need will need to update their data protection compliance measures post Brexit.
  2. It is important that you familiarise yourself with the issues that Brexit poses for GDPR compliance. These are summarised in the Headline Issues section of our guide. It will take you less than 10 minutes to read.
  3. Use the Checklist section of our guide to identify what changes you need to make to update your compliance measures following Brexit.
  4. If the UK is unable to secure an adequacy decision from the EU Commission before the current data bridge comes to an end, you will soon need to take further steps in respect of data transfers between the UK and the EU. Look out for Birketts updated guidance as the situation develops.

Download our guide Brexit and GDPR: What you need to know and do. For individual legal advice please contact Kitty Rosser on [email protected] or 01603 756559.

The content of this article is for general information only. It is not, and should not be taken as, legal advice. If you require any further information in relation to this article please contact the author in the first instance. Law covered as at June 2021.

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