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EU: EDPB Chair addresses LIBE Committee on draft UK adequacy decisions

The European Data Protection Board ('EDPB') Chair, Andrea Jelinek, addressed, on 19 April 2021, the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs ('LIBE Committee') on the draft UK adequacy decisions adopted by the EDPB on 13 April 2021. In particular, Jelinek highlighted several items that should be further assessed and monitored by the European Commission before handing over to the LIBE Committee for further discussion.

In addition, Jelinek noted, ''It is important to note that we do not expect third countries to copy and paste EU data protection law. We look at the principle of essential equivalence. We want to make sure that the law of the third country ensures a level of protection that is essentially equivalent to that guaranteed in the EU. […] We acknowledge that the UK has mirrored, for the most part, the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR') and the Data Protection Directive with Respect to Law Enforcement (Directive (EU) 2016/680) in its data protection framework. [However,] If the UK's data protection regime would at some point diverge from the EU standards we must be prepared to act accordingly."

You can listen to the session here.