Guidance and resources to help businesses and organisations better prepare for data protection compliance if we leave without an adequacy decision.

The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020. There is now a transition period until 31 December 2020 while the UK and EU negotiate additional arrangements.  The current rules will continue to apply during the transition period. The GDPR will be retained in domestic law at the end of the transition period, but the UK will have the independence to keep the framework under review

This guidance is designed to help small to medium-sized UK businesses and organisations keep personal data flowing with Europe (the EEA) at the end of the transition period. (The EEA is the EU plus Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein.)

If the transition period ends before the EU Commission makes an adequacy decision about the UK, most of the data protection rules affecting small to medium-sized businesses and organisations will stay the same.

The UK is committed to maintaining the high standards of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) and the government plans to incorporate it into UK law at the end of the transition period.

If you are a UK business or organisation that already complies with the GDPR and has no contacts or customers in the EEA, you do not need to do much more to prepare for data protection compliance at the end of the transition period.

If you are a UK business or organisation that receives personal data from contacts in the EEA, you need to take extra steps to ensure that the data can continue to flow at the end of the transition period.

If you are a UK business or organisation with an office, branch or other established presence in the EEA, or if you have customers in the EEA, you will need to comply with both UK and EU data protection regulations at the end of the transition period. You may need to designate a representative in the EEA.

Use this guidance document to understand whether you will be affected and to find out how you need to prepare. It also links to additional guidance about how to improve your data protection knowledge and compliance.

We will continue to update our guidance and develop other tools to assist you.

 

Check what you need to do:

Further reading

Guidance for large business and organisations and data protection specialists  - Read this if you are a large business or organisation or need more detail on data protection law and how it will change at the end of the transition period.

Guidance for police forces or other law enforcement authorities - If you are a UK police force or other law enforcement authority, different rules apply. Click here for guidance on how to prepare for data protection compliance if there is no-adequacy agreement by the end of the transition period.

Other resources

Keep data flowing from Europe to the UK – interactive tool

Information rights at the end of the transition period Frequently Asked Questions