The consequences of Brexit for international data transfers

This guidance is provided in order to help companies, public bodies and Luxembourg associations that are transferring personal data to the United Kingdom, and which will continue such transfers. The CNPD recommends that the entities concerned should already now consider how to transfer personal data in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

On 29 March 2017, the United Kingdom notified the European Council of its intention to leave the European Union. After several years of negotiations, the European Commission and United Kingdom negotiators reached an agreement on the entirety of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community (hereinafter the “Withdrawal Agreement”).

The Withdrawal Agreement entered into force on 1 February 2020, after having been agreed on 17 October 2019, together with the Political Declaration setting the framework of the future EU-UK partnership. Following the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union, we have entered into the transition period. The transition period starts on 1 February 2020 and ends on 31 December 2020.

During the transition period, the European Union and the United Kingdom will negotiate a future partnership that will include provisions in areas such as data protection.


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