28/06/2021

European Commission

European Commission adopts UK Adequacy decision

In a boost for business, the European Commission has adopted two adequacy decisions for transfers of personal data to the United Kingdom, the first under the General Data Protection Regulation and the second for the Law Enforcement Directive.  The announcement comes just days before the bridging mechanism for data transfers between the EU and UK was set to expire. The UK Adequacy decisions have a new dimension, as they are set to expire in four years due to a first-of-its-kind sunset clause.  

The following is a roundup of the announcements, statements and additional commentary:

  • European Commission adopts adequacy decisions for the UK
  • ICO statement in response to the EU Commission’s announcement
  • UK Government press release
  • Reuters report Adequacy decision granted
  • The Guardian report on the benefits of the decision for businesses
  • IAPP looks at the details of the Adequacy decisions, including the sunset clauses
  • Open Rights Group voices its fear and loathing for the UK Adequacy decisions
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