UK-US data bridge agreement in principle

09/06/2023 | UK Government

On Thursday, 8 June, the United Kingdom and the United States agreed in principle to establish the UK Extension to the EU-US Data Privacy Framework. This new 'data bridge' will allow US companies approved to join the framework to receive personal data from the UK. In its press release, the UK government claims the agreement removes the need for businesses to implement "costly and inefficient alternative transfer mechanisms, such as individual contractual clauses, when transferring personal data." Furthermore, the government states that the key pillars underpinning the agreement strengthen the "rights and safeguards of UK individuals, ensuring robust and reliable data flows, and reducing burdens on business."

The announcement coincided with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's visit to the United States and followed months of negotiations after the UK confirmed that an adequacy agreement with the US was close in October 2022.

Additional analysis by Pinsent Masons

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