The UK’s approach to negotiations with the European Union.
Data Adequacy (SOURCE)
The UK will have an independent policy on data protection at the end of the transition
period and will remain committed to high data protection standards.
To maintain the continued free flow of personal data from the EU to the UK, the UK will seek ‘adequacy decisions’ from the EU under both the General Data Protection Regulation and the Law Enforcement Directive before the end of the transition period. These are separate from the wider future relationship and do not form part of trade agreements. This will allow the continued free flow of personal data from the EEA States to the UK, including for law enforcement purposes. The European Commission has recognised a number of third countries globally as providing adequate levels of data protection.
On a transitional basis, the UK has allowed for the continued free flow of personal data from the UK to the EU. The UK will conduct assessments of the EEA States and other countries under an independent international transfer regime.
The UK will also seek appropriate arrangements to allow continued cooperation between the UK Information Commissioner’s Office and EU Member State data protection authorities, and a clear, transparent framework to facilitate dialogue on data protection issues in the future.