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UK: DCMS announces launch of International Data Transfer Expert Council

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport ('DCMS') announced, on 25 January 2022, that a group of experts combining the world's leading academics and digital industry figures, including Google LLC, Mastercard Inc, and Microsoft Corporation, will be meet for the first time to help Britain seize the opportunities of better global data sharing and to launch the International Data Transfer Expert Council ('the Council'). In particular, the announcement highlights that the Council, which is part of the UK Government's National Data Strategy, will provide independent advice to the government to help it achieve its mission of unlocking the benefits of free and secure cross-border data flows in a post-Brexit era, as well as give advice on the development of new international data transfer tools and mechanisms, and securing new data adequacy partnerships with other countries, starting with the United States, Australia, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, the Dubai International Finance Centre, and Colombia.

Lastly, the announcement notes that, during its first meeting, the Council will discuss the global opportunities and challenges for international transfers and how the UK can be a global leader in removing barriers to cross-border data flows, while it will continue to have quarterly meetings to cover issues including data adequacy partnerships, among others.

You can read the announcement here.