Brexit Trade Deal: Impact on Data Transfers

The Trade and Cooperation Agreement (the “Agreement”) between the European Union and the United Kingdom is now in force following prolonged negotiations, bringing an end to the Brexit transition period. The immediate impact of the Agreement on the transmission of personal data is that, for a period up to 1 June 2021, data transfers from the EEA to the UK will not be treated as transfers to a third country for the purposes of EU law. The further transition period now in place is designed to give the European Commission (the “Commission”) further time to adopt an ‘adequacy decision’ in relation to the UK’s data protection law regime. 

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