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Data protection: no change from the EU-UK agreement

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AS FAR AS the Freelance can tell, the EU-UK agreement doesn't make any changes to what journalists need to do to comply with data protection laws - yet.

It leaves until later a decision by the EU Commission has on the "adequacy" of the UK's data protection régime (and vice versa). This decision will determine whether EU nationals' data may be stored in the UK (and vice versa).

It seems to us that the UK governmnent's decision to replicate the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the Data Protection Act 2018 means it will not be hard in principle for the Commission to find the law "adequate". It may have questions about the backbone and grit of the UK's Information Commissioner.

At least until that decision is reached, or a UK government gets stupid amendments to the Act passed, nothing changes with regard to data protection in the UK.

Even if the UK régime is not found adequate, it is very possible that the exceptions in the GDPR relating to data held for the purposes of journalism will continue to apply to data held in the UK.