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Europe Data Protection Digest | Op-ed: A ‘Brexit’ leaves the UK with two data protection options Related reading: FTC-Facebook settlement to include board-level privacy oversight

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The University of Essex’s Steve Peers considers legal complexities associated with data transfers and a Brexit from the European Union in an op-ed for The Conversation. Of particular note is the yet-undecided anti-surveillance law championed by Conservative MP David Davis and Labor Deputy Leader Tom Watson. “If Britain chooses Brexit, the ruling in the Davis and Watson case will effectively establish a non-negotiable demand by the EU regarding data protection,” Peers writes. It would force the U.K. to decide to “either apply EU restraints on mass surveillance of U.K. citizens, and so lose the British sovereignty that Brexit supporters are campaigning for,” or eschew EU data regulatory framework and embrace “the economic and security pitfalls that [it] would bring.”
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