UK close to adequacy agreement with the US

07/10/2022 | UK Government

UK and US governments are close to reaching a data adequacy agreement after talks held in London last Friday between Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) Michelle Donelan and US secretary of commerce Gina Raimondo. During the meeting in London last Friday, Donelan and Raimondo discussed the EU-US Data Privacy Framework after US President Joe Biden signed an executive order, which will see the new framework implemented. Donelan said, "the United States shares our democratic values, digital priorities and commitment to high standards of data privacy." Both parties have committed to "conclude the adequacy work in the weeks ahead."

In a related announcement, DCMS published an explanatory note acknowledging the progress between the UK and US toward an adequacy agreement. Michelle Donelan welcomed the executive order implementing the framework. The document confirms that the UK will review the framework's improved safeguards and new redress mechanism, formally consult the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) for an opinion, and prepare to present adequacy regulations before Parliament in early 2023 with guidance for organisations and individuals. 

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