Data Protection: EU Law:Written question - 1965

Asked by Chi Onwurah
(Newcastle upon Tyne Central)

Named Day

'Named day' questions only occur in the House of Commons. The MP tabling the question specifies the date on which they should receive an answer. MPs may not table more than five named day questions on a single day.

Asked on: 13 February 2020
Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport
Data Protection: EU Law
To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what assessment he has made of the effect of divergence on EU data protection rules on the UK receiving an adequacy agreement from the EU.
Answered by: Mr John Whittingdale
Answered on: 25 February 2020

The European Commission has the power to determine whether a country outside the EU offers an adequate level of data protection to transfer data with EU member states. “Adequacy” requires that high data protection standards are met, it does not require countries to have identical laws.

As with all policy areas, it is important that the UK retains the ability to set its own policy, laws and regulations. Data protection and data rights are no different. Data protection laws will inevitably naturally develop as technology and business practices change.

The UK is committed to making sure we have high data protection standards and will have an independent policy on data protection at the end of the transition period. We remain committed to seeking “adequacy decisions” from the EU.

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