Scams and personal data after Brexit

Personal data is any information that can be used to identify a living person. This includes names, delivery details, IP addresses, or HR data such as payroll details. Most organisations use personal data in their daily operations. We’ve covered some of the changes to the way personal data is shared from the EEA to the UK, as set out on the government’s webpage below. We’ve also looked at some potential scams you need to be aware of.

I’ve been receiving emails post Brexit, apparently from the government, asking for my personal details. Is this a scam?

There are several scam emails which often pretend to be from the government asking for personal details.

The government generally doesn't send emails in this way. If you get an email asking you to click a link or asking for personal details, just delete it or ignore it. It’s almost certainly a scam.

Be careful when taking or receiving unexpected calls, emails and text messages.

Be aware that your bank will never ask you to reveal your full PIN or password, or ask you to move money to another account.

If you’re worried, check with your provider using a number you know is genuine. For example, use the number on the back of your card or from your annual statement or policy documents. 

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What about protection of personal data after Brexit?

There are no immediate changes to the UK’s data protection rules now the UK has left the European Union (EU) and the implementation period has ended.

UK data protection law will continue to be aligned with the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), although changes to the current framework might see it diverge from EU regulations from January 2021. 

The UK remains committed to high data protection standards. 

Is the ICO’s GDPR guidance still relevant?

UK data protection law will continue to be aligned with the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). This means there will be no significant changes to the UK’s data protection regime due to the UK government bringing EU GDPR and Law Enforcement Directives directly into UK domestic law.

However, changes to the current framework might see it diverge from EU regulations from January 2021. 

There might also be changes to the way data is shared from the EU to the UK.

Businesses and organisations can review whether they might be affected and the latest updates from government by checking the latest guidance available on the ICO website

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