Common sense prevails in post-Brexit data transfers

The Interim Agreement enables seamless data transfers to the UK while the EU Commission still works on the UK adequacy decisions. By Lucas Atkin of Greenwoods GRM LLP.

It’s not often we see the phrases “common sense” and “Brexit” in close proximity, but the UK and EU have reached a logical interim solution which sets the stage for seamless data privacy cooperation in the future.

In brief, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the Agreement):

  • provides a sensible and sustainable platform for the continued free flow of personal data between the parties;
  • provides a clear route to an adequacy decision;
  • includes a workaround in case of legal challenge to any adequacy decision; and
  • shows that both parties understand the practical value of mutual standards and cooperation.

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