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April 26, 2016
The ICO is clear that the UK will “continue to need clear and effective data protection laws, whether or not the country remains part of the EU”.
In fact, the ICO says, the UK has a history of providing legal protection to consumers around their personal data and the UK”s data protection laws precede EU legislation by more than a decade. At present, they even “go beyond the current requirements set out by the EU”, the ICO says, for instance with the power given to the ICO to issue fines.
The ICO concludes that having “clear laws with safeguards in place is more important than ever given the growing digital economy, and is also central to the sharing of data that international trade relies on”. To read the ICO’s statement in full, click here.