Safeguards outlined in a preliminary data-sharing agreement struck between the UK and US last year may not be sufficient, the EU’s data protection watchdog has declared.
The UK entered into an agreement with the US in October 2019 to reduce the barriers to data-sharing to better equip law enforcement agencies to fight crime. However, terms of this agreement may undermine the UK’s hopes of achieving a data adequacy decision with the EU once the Brexit transition period ends on 31 December.
The European Data Protection Board (EDPB), which oversees the application of GDPR consistently across EU member states, has cast doubt over whether safeguards outlined in the agreement are compatible with existing data protection laws. Without an adequacy decision, free data flows between the EU and the UK would be disrupted, with data unable to flow from European countries to the UK.