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Brexit: European Parliament wants the UK to guarantee protection of shared biometric data

The departure of the United Kingdom from the Europe Union may have consequences for the way in which British citizens' private information is collected and handled, as there is no certainty about the direction the country will take in relation to the General Data Protection Regulation.

Brexit could change the way the United Kingdom cooperates with other European Union countries in investigating and solving crimes across borders. Fearing a situation in which the GDPR will not be respected, the European Parliament voted against a proposal by the Council of the European Union that would implement the sharing of biometric data between the United Kingdom and EU countries.

Parliament's ministers who voted against the proposal say the country's uncertainty over the application of the GDPR after Brexit could be a serious threat to the protection of EU citizens' rights and freedoms. Ministers demand that reciprocity in data sharing is guaranteed.

Parliament calls on the Council not to take any decision on the matter until the United Kingdom ensures data protection and until a new legal framework for cooperation between countries has been developed.

The Council believes that sharing biometric data between the United Kingdom and European countries that are part of the Prm Convention would allow national authorities to share information such as fingerprints to prevent and investigate crimes.

Bear in mind that Brexit may also have consequences for the way in which the private data of British users of Google services are collected and processed. The technological giant plans to stop following the GDPR rules in the territory, moving to follow the American jurisdiction.

The move could put users 'information at stake, in addition to facilitating British authorities' access to sensitive data. Should the change happen, British users will be required to follow Google's new terms of service, as well as US protection rules.