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Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit

Tiktok has said it will be moving ownership of its users’ data in Europe to local subsidiaries, in a boost to its British arm as it prepares for Brexit.

The social media app’s US parent Tiktok Inc will no longer manage and safeguard data for users based in the UK and the European Union. Instead, from 29 July, Tiktok Ireland will control the data of all users in the European Economic Area and Switzerland, while Tiktok UK will do the same for Britons.

Source: Tiktok to transfer data control to UK arm ahead of Brexit – CityAM : CityAM

EU fires warning shot to UK over post-Brexit US data-sharing

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.

Source: EU fires warning shot to UK over post-Brexit US data-sharing | IT PRO

UK’s post-Brexit data deals ‘will go further than EU ever could’

The UK government has outlined an ambitious plan to reach a set of international agreements on data that it claims is now possible due to leaving the European Union.

With Brexit on the horizon, the government has set out a four-pillared strategy for global digital trade, with the cornerstone a set of free trade agreements that allow the freeflow of data and data localisation between the UK and Asia-Pacific countries.

However, these ambitions have been outlined despite no guarantees the UK will continue to enjoy the freeflow of data with EU nations, as it currently does, with the prospect of a no-deal Brexit still very much in play.

Source: UK’s post-Brexit data deals ‘will go further than EU ever could’ | IT PRO

UK is lowering privacy standards, says EU officials

In his remarks following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom Michel Barnier has pointed out that United Kingdom insists on lowering current standards and deviating from agreed mechanisms of data protection – “to the point that it is even asking the Union to ignore its own law and the jurisprudence of the European Court of Justice on passenger data (“PNR rules”)”.

Michel Barnier also notet that “The UK refuses to commit, in an agreement with us, to guarantees protecting fundamental rights and individual freedoms resulting from the European Convention on Human Rights, as agreed in the Political Declaration”.

Source: Remarks by Michel Barnier following Round 3 of negotiations for a new partnership between the European Union and the United Kingdom

‘Serious risk’ EU will fail to protect UK citizens, says UK gov

The British government has said there is “a serious risk” that the European Union will fail to meet its duties to protect the rights of UK nationals living in the bloc, in the latest sign of tensions over Brexit.

In a letter to the European commission, Michael Gove said British residents living in the EU had raised concerns, while the coronavirus pandemic had diverted the attention of many governments from implementing the Brexit withdrawal agreement, which is intended to protect the rights of an estimated 1.2 million British nationals in the EU and 3.5 million Europeans in the UK.

Source: Brexit: ‘serious risk’ EU will fail to protect UK citizens, says Gove | Brexit | The Guardian

EU-UK Brexit talks: Differences clear after first week – BBC News

The two sides are far apart on key issues as the UK team heads home

If the sensitive personal data of EU citizens, such as DNA or criminal records, is going to be shared with the UK for crime-fighting purposes, then the EU wants the European Court of Justice (CJEU) to be the ultimate arbiter of the rules.

The EU also wants the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) to apply.

The UK does not want the CJEUto be mentioned anywhere in any deal. It also says that committing to the ECHR in an international agreement ties the government’s hands at a time when it’s carrying out its own review into the operation of human rights law in the UK.

Source: EU-UK Brexit talks: Differences clear after first week – BBC News

On data protection, the UK says it will go it alone. It probably won’t.

The Prime Minister listed data protection as an area that the UK could legislate on following Brexit – but diverging from European Union rules on privacy would only complicate things.

Currently, the UK’s data privacy legislation adheres closely to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the rules that were rolled out across all European Union member states in May 2018.

Not only would deciding to scrap GDPR go against what people are used to, it would also make it difficult for UK businesses to offer their services to Europe in future.

Source: On data protection, the UK says it will go it alone. It probably won’t. | ZDNet

GDPR compliance is the key to a smooth transition through Brexit

Brexit’s effect on data laws demands that data management remains a top business priority for UK organisations.

During the 11 month transition period, EU law will continue to apply to the UK. GDPR compliance will remain mandatory, with failure to comply continuing to result in fines. The UK Data Protection Act 2018 will sit alongside GDPR in the UK.

The UK also plans to seek an adequacy agreement once it leaves the EU, which would allow for the continued free flow of data between the two areas, although it’s unclear how long this negotiation may take, or even if the EU would grant the status.

Source: GDPR compliance is the key to a smooth transition through Brexit | IT PRO

The Future of UK Data Protection

As with anything Brexit-related, the UK government is facing a dilemma in relation to data protection law.

Shall we follow the direction of travel of the past 25 years and opt for the continuity and certainty provided by the GDPR or shall we use the departure from the EU to make radical changes to the regulation of data uses and privacy?

Read full article: The Future of UK Data Protection

Potential Brexit deal reached; data transfers remain, for now

More than three years after the U.K. voted in a referendum to leave the EU, a proposed Brexit deal is on the table just weeks ahead of an Oct. 31 deadline.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker confirmed a deal had been reached. U.K. Parliament will vote on it this Saturday, Oct. 19.

The draft text of the deal released Thursday includes a section near the top on data protection, stating, “In view of the importance of data flows and exchanges across the future relationship, the Parties are committed to ensuring a high level of personal data protection to facilitate such flows between them.”

Source: Potential Brexit deal reached; data transfers remain, for now

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