The European Commission gave its approval on Friday to the continued transfer of personal data to the United Kingdom, a key issue in post-Brexit relations for many companies and for police cooperation. The European executive, after having “carefully assessed the laws and practices of the United Kingdom in terms of the protection of personal data”, concludes that this country “ensures a level of protection substantially equivalent” to that guaranteed in the EU, according to a statement.
This decision will still have to obtain the advisory opinion of the European Data Protection Board, and obtain the green light from the member states for final adoption. It provides that at the end of the transitional period ending at the end of June provided for by the post-Brexit agreement, communications of personal data will be able to continue to the United Kingdom as if they were intra-EU transfers. , without the need for additional authorizations or guarantees.
A decision to renew or not in four years
Vice-President of the Commission Vera Jourova, in charge of values and transparency, clarified that mechanisms had been planned to “be able to monitor, re-examine, suspend or withdraw” this decision “in the event of a problematic development” on the side. British. “The fundamental right of EU citizens to data protection must never be compromised when personal data crosses the Channel”, underlined the European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders, believing that the planned mechanism “allowed this”.
The decision will be valid for a period of four years and will be subject to review before being renewed.