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Fate of Data Protection, Privacy Shield in UK Uncertain After Brexit

Communications Daily & Washington Internet Daily

13 Mar 2020
Reprinted with permission.

Alja Poler De Zwart was featured in Communications Daily and the Washington Internet Daily for their coverage of the UK’s data protection status following the country’s departure from the European Union.

Unless the UK data protection level takes a “sudden and unexpected plunge,” which is unlikely, there should be nothing standing in the way of an EU adequacy decision, according to Alja. The only question is when the EU will find the UK’s data protection adequate, she said: It’s hoped that will happen by year’s end, but “I would not bet my money on anything right now.”

Alja also discussed the fate of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, noting that there might be little change, though U.S. organizations relying on it to receive personal data from the UK should probably update their certifications. She added that participants seeking to receive personal data from the UK will have to update their public commitments to refer to the UK specifically.



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