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On February 1, 2017, Matt Hancock, the UK Government Minister responsible for data protection, was questioned by the House of Lords committee on the UK’s implementation plan of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) in the context of the UK’s exit from the EU. In responding to the questioning, Hancock revealed further details into the UK Government’s position on implementing the GDPR into UK law.
Importantly, Hancock confirmed the UK Government’s continued support for the GDPR, in part because the UK position was sufficiently taken into consideration during negotiation of the final GDPR text, and reaffirmed that the GDPR will come into effect in the UK on May 25, 2018, notwithstanding Brexit.
He also clarified that some of the provisions of the existing UK Data Protection Act will need to be repealed before the application of the GDPR in May 2018 to ensure that there is no duplication or contradiction between the remaining provisions of the UK Data Protection Act and the GDPR.
He noted that the UK would seek to implement the GDPR in full, so as to provide the UK with the greatest possible chance of securing the free flow of data between the UK and the EU post-Brexit.
Regulatory Strategies has been awarded both Data Protection Consultancy of the Year (UK) and Regulatory Consultants of the Year (UK) for 2017 by Lawyer International.