The Government has published guidance for businesses and members of the public on how to prepare for Brexit as part of its Get ready for Brexit campaign. 

The UK will leave the European Union on 31 January and enter a Brexit transition period. During this period, which runs until the end of December 2020, it will be business as usual for data protection.

The GDPR will continue to apply. Businesses and organisations that process personal data should continue to follow the ICO’s Data Protection and Brexit resources (below) for advice on their data protection obligations.

During the transition period, companies and organisations that offer goods or services to people in the EU do not need to appoint a European representative. It is not yet known what the data protection landscape will look like at the end of the transition period.