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Take action now to ensure personal data flows freely from the EU/EEA to the UK

Date: Friday 11 December 2020

With just three weeks to go until the end of the transition period on 31 December, there is still time to prepare. You can find out what actions you may need to take by using the checker tool at gov.uk/transition and keep up to date with regular business readiness bulletins too.

The Dept. for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is now focussing on actions to be taken to ensure personal data continues to flow freely from the EU/EEA to the UK.

Personal data is any information that can be used to identify a person, including names, delivery details, IP addresses, or HR data such as payroll details. Most organisations use personal data in their daily operations.

An example of this is a UK company that receives customer information from an EU company, such as names and addresses, to provide goods or services.

If you receive personal data from the EU/EEA, you are urged to act now to ensure you can continue to lawfully receive data from your clients in the EU from 1 January 2021, whatever the EU decides. Specifically, this means:

Making changes now will ensure a smooth end to the transition period and see businesses ready to take advantage of the new legal and economic freedoms that being an independent trading nation will bring.