Post-Brexit data flows between the UK and the EU

An article in The Register headed Another Brexit cliff edge: warned over data flows to EU draws attention to a report by the House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee called Brexit: the EU Data Protection package.

Just one paragraph will suffice to convey the message:

Although the government has made numerous pledges to retain “unhindered and uninterrupted” data flows after Brexit, the committee said it was “struck by the lack of detail on how the government plans to deliver this outcome”.

Leaving aside my own view that Brexit is a self-imposed disaster, this particular aspect of it has been causing deep concern. This is not just wearing my eDiscovery hat with its obvious focus on cross-border discovery, information management and GDPR compliance, but because of the our enormous dependence on data flows ancillary to trade, particularly transatlantic trade.

It is obvious that David Davis, Minister for Exiting the EU, is both ignorant of and uninterested in the minutiae of his brief. His department is overstretched and underpowered. It remains to be seen if this issue gets the attention it deserves.


About Chris Dale

I have been an English solicitor since 1980. I run the e-Disclosure Information Project which collects and comments on information about electronic disclosure / eDiscovery and related subjects in the UK, the US, AsiaPac and elsewhere
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