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UK offers to mirror EU data protection laws after Brexit

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The UK government has proposed keeping its data protection laws similar to those of the European Union after Brexit, in an attempt to ensure that data sharing is not hampered.

In the latest of a flurry of Brexit papers to be published, the British government said, on 24 August, that it would seek an "early" data-sharing agreement with the EU based on mutual recognition of data-protection frameworks.

A strong data relationship between the UK and the EU based on aligned data-protection rules is in “our mutual interest”, said Matthew Hancock, the UK minister for digital.

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