Britain seeks close EU relationship on data protection after Brexit

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As Britain hopes to reassure businesses and law enforcement agencies that no disruption in exchanges of information will take place, it will arrange a plan to closely cooperate with Europe regarding data protection rules after it exits the EU.

Matt Hancock, Minister for Digital, said that Britain was paving the way for laws on data protection and had worked closely with its EU partners in developing standards.

“We want the secure flow of data to be unhindered in the future as we leave the EU,” he added.

“So a strong future data relationship between the UK and EU, based on aligned data protection rules, is in our mutual interest.”

It was noted in the latest paper studying its future ties with the EU that the British government announced that it would describe how it desired collaboration in data security to continue.”Our goal is to combine strong privacy rules with a relationship that allows flexibility, to give consumers and businesses certainty in their use of data,” said Hancock.

“Our goal is to combine strong privacy rules with a relationship that allows flexibility, to give consumers and businesses certainty in their use of data,” Hancock added.

He also said that an interruption in the free flow of data could be costly to both Britain and the bloc’s remaining members, noting that Britain’s digital economy was worth 118.4 billion pounds in the year 2015.

Last month, British lawmakers announced that if the government failed to maintain undisturbed data flows, the country could be placed at a competitive disadvantage and police could lose access to intelligence

Some papers have been published in Britain this month as it tries to push negotiations with the European Union on Brexit forward, discussing subjects such as customs, laws, and the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland.

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