On 29 June, Computer Weekly reported that the European Commission has granted the UK data adequacy, allowing data sharing between the EU and the UK, but warns it may yet be revoked. The decision comes with a 4-year sunset clause and “strong safeguards” that allow the EU to revoke adequacy if the UK’s data protection laws diverge significantly from those of the EU in the future. Conservative ministers and back benchers have proposed watering down the UK’s data protection regime as part of a move to cut red tape and boost the competitive position of the UK following Brexit. The article notes that a total of 12 such adequacy decisions have been made for the purposes of GDPR so far – Andorra, Argentina, Canada, the Faroe Islands, Guernsey, Israel, the Isle of Man, Japan, Jersey, New Zealand, Switzerland and Uruguay.
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