UK Adequacy Decision

Tue Jun 29 2021

As you are aware, the UK became a third country on the 1st January 2021. On the 17th of June, European Union member states agreed that UK standards for the protection of personal data are sufficiently high that such information can continue to flow between the EU and the UK.

On Monday the 28th of June, the Commission adopted two adequacy decisions which allows a seamless transition at the end of the six-month grace period.   This means that data can continue to be transferred to and stored in the UK without the need for Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) to be in place.

The Commission will be closely monitoring how the UK system evolves in the future and included a so-called ‘sunset clause’. This means that the adequacy decisions will automatically expire four years after their entry into force. After that period, the adequacy findings might be renewed.

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