19 April 2021
Having left the EU, the UK has become been a 'third country', in particular in relation to data protection. A temporary arrangement that expires on 30th June has meant that to date little has changed and transfers of personal data have been flowing largely as before. For more permanent stability however, the UK needs to be regarded as 'adequate' by its near neighbours.
Adequacy came a step closer on 13th April when the EU Data Protection Board (EDPB) announced that it would be recommending approval of the UK's status in regard to both transfers of personal data (under the EU GDPR) and transfers of personal data under the Law Enforcement Directive (LED).
The EDPB also recommended that the UK's data protection regime be kept under scrutiny in relation to access by UK public authorities to EU personal data for national security purposes and as EU data protection legislation develops.
Under the complicated EU process, EU Member States will also shortly assess UK adequacy before the final decision can be adopted by the European Commission.
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