Minister questioned on the EU data protection package

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20 December 2017

The EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee takes evidence from the Rt Hon Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the EU data protection package. The session will follow up on the Committee’s report on Brexit: the EU data protection package and the Data Protection Bill.


Wednesday 20 December, Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster

At 10.30am

  • Rt Hon. Matt Hancock MP, Minister of State for Digital, Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.


  • Where will discussions on data transfers fit into the next phase of the negotiations? Will there be separate discussions around data transfers for commercial purposes and for police and security cooperation?
  • The Information Commissioner has told the Commons Home Affairs Committee that there is no time to get an adequacy decision between now and Brexit. What timing do you have in mind for obtaining an adequacy decision and what will happen during the gap between when the UK leaves the EU and when we obtain an adequacy decision?
  • Can we expect that EU officials will come to the UK to conduct reviews of UK data protection standards post-Brexit in the event that the UK successfully obtains an adequacy decision?
  • What steps have you taken so far to ensure that data flows will be able to continue with the US once the UK leaves the EU, and without jeopardising any potential adequacy decision? What about data transfers between the UK and other third countries?

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