On 19 February, a news release from the EU advised that the Commission had launched the process towards the adoption of 2 adequacy decisions for transfers of personal data to the UK. This is the beginning of a process towards their adoption, which involves obtaining an opinion from the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) and the green light from a committee composed of representatives of the EU Member States. Once this procedure will have been completed, the Commission could proceed to adopt the 2 adequacy decisions. The Commission concludes that the UK ensures an essentially equivalent level of protection to the one guaranteed under the GDPR and, for the first time, under the Law Enforcement Directive. The decisions concern only the flow of data from the EU to the UK. Data flows in the other direction – from the UK to the EU – are regulated by UK legislation, and the UK has decided that the EU ensures an adequate level of protection and that therefore data can flow freely from the UK to the EU.
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