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Government and ICO to discuss data protection laws as Britain leaves the EU

The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) will work with the government to ensure "crucial" data protection standards are maintained as the UK leaves the European Union.

Information commissioner Christopher Graham said the watchdog will hold talks with politicians over data laws and rights following last week's Brexit vote.

"Over the coming weeks we will be discussing with government the implications of the referendum result and its impact on data protection reform in the UK," he said.

"With so many businesses and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial both to businesses and organisations and to consumers and citizens. The ICO’s role has always involved working closely with regulators in other countries, and that will continue to be the case.

"Having clear laws with safeguards in place is more important than ever given the growing digital economy, and we will be speaking to government to present our view that reform of the UK law remains necessary."

The ICO was quick to reassure consumers and businesses that strong data protection standards would remain in place following the EU referendum last week.

“The Data Protection Act remains the law of the land irrespective of the referendum result,” a spokesperson said. “If the UK is not part of the EU, then upcoming EU reforms to data protection law would not directly apply to the UK.

“But if the UK wants to trade with the Single Market on equal terms we would have to prove ‘adequacy’ – in other words UK data protection standards would have to be equivalent to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation framework starting in 2018.”

Speaking at the recent Data Security in the Cloud conference, the ICO’s group manager for business and industry Garreth Cameron said he did not believe a Brexit vote would mean an end to strong data protection law in the UK.

“The UK has a very long history of data protection laws,” he said. “So whatever happens, I think we will have strong data protection laws… How they work exactly is down to government, but we will need to have those in place.

“I don’t know what will happen – I don’t want to preempt the result of the referendum – but this is certainly the tone and the direction in which data protection is going.”

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