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International: US Attorney General designates UK as qualifying state

On September 18, 2023, United States Attorney General, Merrick Brian Garland, designated the United Kingdom as a qualifying state for purposes of eligibility for the redress mechanism established in Section 3 of Executive Order 14086. This designation becomes effective on the date of entry into force of regulations in the United Kingdom implementing a data bridge for the UK Extension to the EU-US Data Privacy Framework.

Moreover, Garland determined that:

  • the laws of the United Kingdom and Gibraltar require appropriate safeguards in the conduct of signals intelligence activities for United States persons' personal information that is transferred from the United States to the territory of the United Kingdom;
  • the United Kingdom is anticipated, pursuant to the adoption of regulations in the United Kingdom implement a data bridge for the UK Extension to the EU-US Data Privacy Framework, to permit the transfer of personal information for commercial purposes between the territory of the United Kingdom and the territory of the United States; and
  • designation of the United Kingdom would advance the national interests of the United States.

You can read the press release here and the Executive Order here.