Brexit Update: The Effect of Brexit on Data Transfers between the United Kingdom and the European Union

By on July 21, 2016

With the United Kingdom having voted to leave the European Union (Brexit) on 23 June 2016, the free flow of personal data between the United Kingdom and EU and European Economic Area (EEA) countries is at risk. Even though Brexit will likely have the biggest impact on the financial sector, businesses in the United Kingdom that rely on the free flow of personal data to and from EU nations will also be affected. In particular, should the United Kingdom also leave the EEA and thus become a “third country” for the purposes of data protection laws, transfers to data processors in the United Kingdom would have to be based on an adequacy decision of the European Commission, standard contractual clauses (model contracts) or binding corporate rules.

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Dr. Claus FärberDr. Claus Färber
  Dr. Claus Färber focuses his practice on all legal aspects related to the telecoms, media and technology industries and is a member of the German Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) practice group in Munich. Claus advises on major cooperation and framework agreements in IT, ecommerce and communications, such as internet access in aircraft, Wi-Fi hotspots, roaming, cloud platforms and machine-to-machine communications (M2M). These projects often break new grounds from a technological and commercial as well as legal view and regularly touch multiple sectors of the law, including telecommunications, information technology and intellectual property law, and also require an understanding of the economic technological background. Read Dr. Claus Färber's full bio.

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