Data transfers and adequacy – uncertainty continues in the UK
If Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations fail, an EU adequacy decision for the UK will not be immediate. For now, the UK will prepare its own adequacy assessments. By Laura Linkomies.
At the time of writing, 14 December, UK Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, said that the two sides are still “very far apart” on key issues, and advised the UK cabinet to be ready for a no-deal exit. This would mean that companies cannot rely on UK adequacy for data transfers.
Speaking at PL&B’s online conference on 7 December about Brexit, adequacy assessments and data transfers, Oliver Marsh, Head of Data Adequacy (EU/EEA), Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), UK said that 42 adequacy decisions have been rolled over for personal data transfers from the UK – meaning the 30 European Economic Area (EEA) countries, and the 12 countries that currently have EU adequacy decisions.