July 12, 2018 / 1:11 PM / in 11 days

Factbox - How Britain plans to maintain flow of data with EU after Brexit

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Theresa May published her blueprint for relations with the European Union after Brexit on Thursday, covering everything from trade to services, immigration, airlines and cars.

Below are the main points on how Britain hopes to maintain the flow of data with Europe after Brexit in March next year:

TRANSFER OF DATA

Britain believes that its people and companies must be able to exchange data into and out of the EU in a way that keeps personal data protected.

Britain wants the EU to declare it is “adequate” in the way it protects data. An adequacy agreement is granted to third countries, allowing EU businesses and public authorities to transfer personal data without questioning whether the relevant safeguards are in place.

“It also avoids the need for other costly and burdensome legal mechanisms, such as Standard Contractual Clauses,” the government’s White Paper on Brexit proposals said.

Britain said the EU currently had 12 Adequacy Decisions in place, and partial Adequacy Decisions with the U.S. and Canada.

“The UK is ready to begin preliminary discussions on an adequacy assessment so that a data protection agreement is in place by the end of the implementation period at the latest, to provide the earliest possible reassurance that data flows can continue,” it said.

It added that Britain also wants a “clear, transparent framework to facilitate dialogue, minimise the risk of disruption to data flows and support a stable relationship between the UK and the EU.”

DATA PROTECTION AUTHORITIES

Britain says it is in both its and the EU’s interest to have a close cooperation and joined up enforcement action between the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office and EU Data Protection Authorities.

“This would avoid unnecessary complexity and duplication, and overcome barriers for EU citizens and UK nationals in enforcing their rights across borders and accessing effective means of redress,” it said.

“A continuing role for the ICO would also reduce administrative burdens for businesses and provide for cooperation on resolving data protection disputes.”

Reporting by Kate Holton, Editing by Paul Sandle

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