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21 June 2021
EU agrees data adequacy with UK as gov mulls GDPR changes
Data protection & privacyGDPR & privacy lawEurope (general region)
A post-Brexit data adequacy agreement has been ratified by the European Council, meaning that data transfers between the UK and the EU can continue, but a new government-commissioned report on a more competitive data strategy raises questions for the long-term.
Why it matters
A data adequacy agreement is, in essence, a stamp of approval on the UK’s current data protection laws – which already included many pre-Brexit rules set by the EU. This news means that transfers of data may continue past the July deadline, giving UK companies the confidence to press ahead with data innovation projects.
First reported by the German publication Netzpolitik, to which the EU Commission confirmed news that the EU data would continue to flow freely into the UK.
Not all is clear, however, as British demands for exceptions to rules on national security or immigration grounds have caused uproar among some EU and even UK officials, who argue that European citizen data is too vulnerable to these caveats.
In it, the authors claim that much “growth and innovation” has been “stifled” by GDPR, as the Register’s write-up notes, and suggest its replacement with third-party “data trusts” that can ensure more informed consent. But with no mention of data adequacy, it’s hard to see how such ideas can survive while maintaining the country’s access to the EU’s data.
“The government estimated that without adequacy the UK economy could lose up to £85bn, so this announcement is a significant boost after a challenging year” – Chris Combemale, chief executive of the Data and Marketing Association (DMA) told Research Live.
Sourced from Netzpolitik, UK Government, The Register