Brussels — Today, global tech trade association ITI welcomed the European Commission’s adoption of two adequacy decisions for the United Kingdom (UK), thereby allowing personal data to continue to flow uninterrupted from the EU to the UK. The decision comes after a year of intense talks between the two parties.
“The European Commission’s decision to grant adequacy to the United Kingdom reflects that the level of protection of personal data provided by the UK complies with the EU’s high standards, as well as the importance of maintaining a seamless, free flow of data,” said Guido Lobrano, ITI’s Vice President of Policy and Director-General for Europe. “The decisions also install important safeguards for data, including the continued monitoring of the UK’s privacy legislation.
“In order to continue to promote global data flows, we urge the European Commission to also prioritize progress on negotiations for a new Transatlantic Data Flows Agreement with the U.S. following the invalidation of Privacy Shield in the Schrems II ruling last July,” Lobrano continued. “Ensuring safe legal bases for data transfers between the EU and U.S. while providing robust privacy commitments that address the CJEU’s judgment in Schrems II is critical to promote innovation, safeguard economic growth, and ensure prosperity on both sides of the Atlantic.”