Transfers of personal data between member countries of the European Union and the United Kingdom will continue, as long as the EU considers the UK a safe territory.
Brexit continues to unfold between the two territories. The transfer of information and personal data of European citizens was a pending issue in this new organization and, for the moment, it will remain as it was.
Just as Europeans want to be able to travel to the UK for vacations or work as easily as they used to, their data could also be shared with UK based companies. However, when leaving the EU, British data protection laws must now be brought into line with the European GDPR.
The european commission has ruled that transfers of personal data between the EU and the UK can continue, but they reserve the right to change their mind if they perceive that British laws are too far removed from current European legislation.
According to this opinion, the laws of the United Kingdom are considered to present an “essentially equivalent” level of data protection to both the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Law Enforcement Directive (LED), they are still members of the EU.
The authorities of the neighboring country have made this decision, although they consider that it has taken too long to reach a conclusion: “I am pleased that we have reached this important milestone after months of constructive discussions in which we have established our strong data protection framework.” has said Secretary of State for Digital Oliver Dowden.
The main concern of the European Union about this data exchange is based on the fact that eventually the UK moves away from protective measures which are now similar to those of the rest of the continent. Own Boris Jonhson, a great defender of the break with Europe, has on occasion assured that the United Kingdom should “take the control” of data protection.
For this reason, the EU has reserved the right to further increase the separation with the United Kingdom if in the future they consider that both territories do not have compatible legislation. “Ensuring a free and secure flow of personal data is crucial for businesses and citizens on both sides of the Canal.“explains Věra Jourová, Vice-President for Securities and Transparency of the Commission, adding:”at the same time, we must ensure that our decision will stand the test of time. That is why we include clear and strict mechanisms in terms of monitoring and review, suspension or withdrawal of such decisions.“.