ICO publishes international strategy

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Last week the ICO published it’s international strategy for the next four years. The strategy sets out a number of global related data protection challenges:

  • To operate as an effective and influential data protection authority at European level while the UK remains a member of the EU and when the UK has left the EU, or during any transitional period.
  • Maximising the ICO’s relevance and delivery against its objectives in an increasingly globalised world with rapid growth of online technologies.
  • Ensuring that UK data protection law and practice is a benchmark for high global standards.
  • Addressing the uncertainty of the legal protections for international data flows to and from the EU, and beyond, including adequacy.

Full details of the strategy and identified challenges can be found on the ICO website.

With the GDPR coming next year and Brexit the year after, coupled increasingly by digital data across international boundaries, undoubtedly the ICO’s role as an international partner will become an important part of the UK’s position on data and a leader on data protection.

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