An ICO spokesperson has said: “The Data Protection Act remains the law of the land irrespective of the referendum result.

“If the UK is not part of the EU, then upcoming EU reforms to data protection law would not directly apply to the UK. But if the UK wants to trade with the Single Market on equal terms we would have to prove 'adequacy' - in other words UK data protection standards would have to be equivalent to the EU's General Data Protection Regulation framework starting in 2018.

“With so many businesses and services operating across borders, international consistency around data protection laws and rights is crucial both to businesses and organisations and to consumers and citizens. The ICO’s role has always involved working closely with regulators in other countries, and that would continue to be the case.

“Having clear laws with safeguards in place is more important than ever given the growing digital economy, and we will be speaking to government to present our view that reform of the UK law remains necessary.”

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Paula Tighe commented “The main focus is for all sectors to remain calm and go back to basics. We need to make sure our current Data Protection system is fit for purpose for the law now and in future, as this is paramount for any business to deliver goods and services to their customers and support their employees. Now that the EU Referendum decision is known, we will be holding bespoke GDPR Data Protection update seminars. We will be sending dates out very soon, but you can register your interest at InfGov@wrighthassall.co.uk. Our Data Action Networks (DAN) are proving popular and we have active members across many sectors (both public and private) and across the country. We aim to help businesses keep up to date with data protection requirements by engaging with DAN.”

About the authors

Paula Tighe Partner

Paula is a qualified data protection professional and leads the trusted advisor information governance service.

Christine Jackson Partner

Christine advises on a wide range of supply chain, commercial and intellectual property related matters in the technology, retail, sport, transport/logistics and waste management sectors.