Information Commissioner's Office
Statement on data protection and Brexit implementation – what you need to do
The UK will leave the European Union on 31 January and enter a Brexit transition period.
During this period, which runs until the end of December 2020, it will be business as usual for data protection.
The GDPR will continue to apply. Businesses and organisations that process personal data should continue to follow our existing guidance for advice on their data protection obligations.
During the transition period, companies and organisations that offer goods or services to people in the EU do not need to appoint a European representative. We have updated our Brexit FAQs to reflect this advice. The ICO will continue to act as the lead supervisory authority for businesses and organisations operating in the UK.
It is not yet known what the data protection landscape will look like at the end of the transition period and we recognise that businesses and organisations will have concerns about the flow of personal data in future.
We will continue to monitor the situation and update our external guidance accordingly. Our full suite of Brexit guidance and materials, to enable you to prepare for all scenarios, is available here.
Latest News from
Information Commissioner's Office
Statement in response to media enquiries about the Data Protection Impact Assessment for the NHSX’s trial of contact tracing app11/05/2020 09:15:00
An ICO spokesperson said: “We are reviewing the Data Protection Impact Assessment for NHSX’s pilot of its contact tracing app in the Isle of Wight.”
Blog: Information Commissioner sets out new priorities for UK data protection during COVID-19 and beyond06/05/2020 09:10:00
Blog posted by: Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, 05 May 2020.
COVID-19 contact tracing: data protection expectations on app development05/05/2020 09:10:00
Information Commissioner Elizabeth Denham and Executive Director of Technology and Innovation Simon McDougall appeared before the Human Rights Joint Committee yesterday (4 May 2020).
Statement in response to details about an NHSX contact tracing app to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic27/04/2020 09:10:00
Statement given recently (24 April 2020) in response to details about an NHSX contact tracing app to help deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.
Blog: Combatting COVID-19 through data: some considerations for privacy20/04/2020 09:10:00
Blog posted by: Elizabeth Denham, Information Commissioner, 17 April 2020.
Blog: Video conferencing: what to watch out for17/04/2020 09:10:00
The COVID-19 crisis is changing the way we live our lives. Keeping our distance means many of us are working from home for the first time and adapting to new ways of doing our jobs.
How we will regulate during coronavirus16/04/2020 09:10:00
The ICO yesterday published a document setting out our regulatory approach during the coronavirus pandemic.
ICO statement on investigating coronavirus scams09/04/2020 09:10:00
ICO are supporting businesses eager to stay in touch with customers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Winner of the ICO’s Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection 2020 announced07/04/2020 12:25:00
Recognising the increasingly vital role played by data protection professionals, the third ICO Practitioner Award for Excellence in Data Protection is awarded to Barry Moult, Information Governance and Privacy Consultant, and former Head of Information Governance at an NHS Trust.