On March 1, 2017, Hunton & Williams senior consultant attorney Rosemary Jay presented evidence on the data protection reform package and the impact of Brexit to the UK Parliament’s House of Lords EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee meeting.
The committee invited Rosemary and two other privacy professionals to present evidence on the EU data protection reform package, which includes four elements: the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), the EU Policing and Criminal Justice Directive, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the EU-U.S. Umbrella Agreement. The committee asked the presenters to respond to questions regarding the implications for UK businesses, data controllers and data subjects, particularly in light of Brexit. Rosemary discussed (1) the possibility of adequacy and partial adequacy decisions allowing the UK to transfer data to and from the EU post-Brexit, (2) the difference between the Policing and Criminal Justice Directive and the GDPR, (3) the UK’s ability to influence data protection regulation within the framework of the GDPR and within the context of the EU going forward, and (4) the impact of Brexit on data sharing.