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Data protection laws

Government has issued guidance to help business and charities continue to comply with data protection law after 29th March.

If your organisation shares personal data with organisations in the European Economic Area (EEA), you will need to take steps to ensure you continue to comply with data protection laws if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. For UK businesses that only share data within the UK, there will be no change.

Personal data refers to any information that can be used to identify a living individual, including a customer’s name, their physical or IP address, or HR functions such as staff working hours and payroll details.

The UK does not intend to impose additional requirements on transfers of personal data from the UK to the EEA, therefore organisations will be able to send personal data to organisations in the EEA as they do currently.

However, transfers of personal data from the EEA to the UK will become restricted once the UK has left the EU. Therefore, if your organisation receives personal data from organisations in the EU you should consider, with your EEA partners, what changes you may need to make to ensure that personal data can continue to flow after the exit date.

EU workers

EU citizens will be able to apply for “settled status” in the UK, enabling them to continue to work and reside in Britain. This scheme is open to some EU citizens and their family members now but it will open fully by 30th March with a deadline for applying by 13th June 2021 with a deal or 31st December 2020 without a deal.

Use the tool - Prepare your business for the UK leaving the EU

Read Office for Civil Society -  Preparing for EU Exit