10 Aug Juncker’s Chief of Staff Urges UK to Retain Data Protection Standards from EU
Brussels — Reports last Wednesday stated that Jean-Claude Juncker’s top official, Martin Selmayr, has responded to the government’s plans to usher in British standards for citizens’ data collection, stating it is essential for UK to retain EU data protection and privacy standards even after Brexit.
Selmayr said it is crucial for the UK to practice EU data compliance to guarantee free-flowing data exchange with neighboring EU countries, specifically to sustain relations with Brussels.
Sources state Brussels is worried that the British government may create regulatory shortcuts that can undermine EU countries’ competitive stance. They want to ensure the UK does not employ uneven security standards once it leaves the bloc in 2019.
UK and EU officials still have a number of issues to negotiate in the second phase of its trade discussions, which may take years. Ministers are faced with the grave task of reaching legislative equivalence to prevent data protection disputes following Brexit.