Lords to questions techUK on data protection post-Brexit

14 March 2017


The House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee will tomorrow take evidence on the European Union data protection package. The Committee will question witnesses from techUK and international law firm, Bird & Bird.

The Committee will explore how important data flows between the UK and the EU are to the UK economy; how the UK can establish global relationships on data protection and information sharing as well as the extent to which the UK would have to follow the EU’s lead in transfer of personal data after ceasing to be a member.

At 10:45am The Committee will hear from:

  • Mr Antony Walker, Deputy CEO, techUK
  • Ms Ruth Boardman, Co-head of International Data Protection Practice , Bird and Bird

The Committee is likely to ask:

  • How influential is the UK in setting global data protection standards? Do you expect the UK’s level of influence to change post-Brexit, and if so how might that change the nature of the internal EU policy debate, given the UK has traditionally be seen as relatively business-friendly?
  • How important is the EU-US Privacy Shield to the UK digital sector and would we need a replacement for the Privacy Shield to govern data transfers with the US once we leave the EU?
  • Assuming that the UK will be treated as a third country on data protection issues once the UK is no longer a member of the EU, what would be the impact on the digital sector if there were no ‘adequacy’ decision in place at the point of leaving the EU?

The evidence session will start at 10:45am on Wednesday 15 March in Committee Room 4 of the House of Lords.

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