With Brexit around the corner, there will be some changes if the UK fail to sign any form of withdrawal agreement.
There will be no transition when leaving and in turn the civil and commercial cooperation between the European Union and the UK will cease effective immediately and create instant change in many practice areas such as data protection.
It is urged that businesses are to consider the current data operations which are in place and in particular the transfer mechanisms which businesses use to ensure there is no breach in any transfers of data across the border between the EU and the UK. This is something that Lawdit are already ensuring compliance for.
Solicitors in particular have extra care expected with data flows for its clients’ personal data. It may be that new policies and procedures are implemented to conform to. Certainly, if the personal data is of an EU citizen and being transferred outside of the EU, namely UK then there may be new mechanisms which could be implemented to ensure an appropriate data transfer.
It is common that some businesses rely on some form of permission or agreement which ordinarily would be sufficient while the UK is still in the EU but in fact as soon as Brexit is complete and with the assumption that there could be no withdrawal agreement that takes into account data protection then it is advised that a new agreement is obtained. Our advice is to examine the agreement to consider the wording and if it already covers the transfer of personal data which has been collated and transferred outside the EEA.
If any of the above are matters which your business has concerns over with compliance in the event of a no deal Brexit or you have some general commercial or intellectual property questions on Brexit, please do not hesitate to contact us.