According to the Lords select Committee, the key findings included: Common consensus amongst the witnesses that the most effective way to achieve unhindered flows of data would be to secure adequacy decisions from the EC, confirming that the UK continues to offer the equivalent standards after we leave the UK. This despite not being able to have an involvement in any changes to these standards moving beyond the Brexit start date.
There is a key worry about the implication on Trade and Security if we do not go down this route.
The information as outlined on the UK Parliament website demonstrates some of the dilemma's that Brexit will create if the path is followed to the end from the findings of the committee.
The information is insightful and clear to challenges of needing to obey laws which we will no longer be able to influence in the future. This flies into the face of the statement that we must 'be able to control all our own laws' as something that must happen and a key pledge of the Brexiteers. Those that do not care about Brexit might say it is 'a game of folly' with no winners, just losers.
(The authors views are personal and do not portray those of his company, parent or affiliated companies)
Even if the UK's data protection rules were aligned with the EU regime to the maximum extent possible at the point of Brexit, there remains the prospect that over time, the EU would amend or update its rules. Maintaining unhindered data flows with the EU post-Brexit could therefore require the UK to continue to align domestic data protection rules with EU rules that it no longer participates in setting. It is imperative that the Government consider how best to replace those structures and platforms that have allowed it to influence EU rules on data protection and retention. It should start by seeking to secure a continuing role for the Information Commissioner's Office on the European Data Protection Board.