Data sharing decisions issued by European Commission

Data sharing decisions issued by European Commission

The European Commission has published draft data adequacy decisions on data sharing. These determine whether a country outside of the European Union (EU) has the equivalent data protection standards to allow personal information to be shared between countries.

Since the UK left the EU it has been unclear how data could flow across borders. If given the go ahead, these will allow the continued exchange of data between the EU and the UK.

International data flows are essential to support the exchange of information and ideas. This includes the delivery of services sharing personal data and health and scientific research.

Confirmation that the European Commission will recognise the UK’s high data protection standards will help UK organisations. It means organisations can continue to receive personal data from the EU and the wider European Economic Area without additional compliance costs.

These decisions cover the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive (LED).

The draft data adequacy decisions will need to be presented to EU member states for formal approval.

Secretary of State for Digital Oliver Dowden said:

“I welcome the publication of these draft decisions which rightly reflect the UK’s commitment to high data protection standards and pave the way for their formal approval.

“Although the EU’s progress in this area has been slower than we would have wished, I am glad we have now reached this significant milestone following months of constructive talks in which we have set out our robust data protection framework.

“I now urge the EU to fulfil their commitment to complete the technical approval process promptly, so businesses and organisations on both sides can seize the clear benefits.”

Julian David CEO of techUK said:

“The European Commission’s decisions that the UK’s data protection regime offers an equivalent level of protection to the EU GDPR reflects the UK’s high data protection standards.

“Today’s decision is warmly welcomed by the tech sector which has been making clear the importance of a mutual data adequacy agreement since the day after the referendum.

“Receiving data adequacy, alongside the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement, will set a solid foundation for digital trade with the EU, including strong non-discrimination clauses and positive data flows provisions, that will give businesses the confidence to invest.”

Read more about the draft data adequacy decisions on the government website.

For more information about the end of the transition period and keeping data safe, read this guidance we developed with The Care Provider Alliance.

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