The UK government has responded to the report on “Brexit: the EU data protection package”, published on 18 July 2017. The response states that the government is committed to ensuring that the UK remains “a global leader on data protection” after Brexit.

The government has agreed that it recognises the importance of sharing personal data for commercial purposes and wider cooperation, including to help in the fight against crime and terrorism. The government has stated that it will continue to align its data protection framework with the EU, to forge a strong future partnership and ensure continued law enforcement and security cooperation.

The government is open to exploring a model that allows the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) to remain fully involved in the EU Data Protection Board.