Following the Brexit decision by the UK public, European Union laws and regulations have become more uncertain. However, the European Communities Act 1972 remains in force in the UK which continues to give EU regulations direct effect.
The ICO have stated that we are in need of “clear laws with safeguards” and a reform of UK data protection law is necessary. Given the progress of the digital market and the business need to transfer data across borders, it is likely that any reform of UK data protection law will take much of the same tone as the New Regulation.
Ireland’s Data Protection Bill 2018 was published in early February. This text, which may be subject to change by the Irish Parliament, will amend the current Irish Data Protection Acts, 1988 and 2003. The Bill contains two exemptions of particular relevance to insurers.