UK: ICO and DCMS issue statements on Commission's approval of UK adequacy decisions
The Information Commissioner's Office ('ICO') published, on 28 June 2021, a statement, in response to the approval of the UK adequacy decisions by the European Commission. In particular, the Information Commissioner, Elizabeth Denham stated that, "Approved adequacy means that businesses can continue to receive data from the EU without having to make any changes to their data protection practices" further noting that, "people will continue to enjoy the protections that their data will be used fairly, lawfully, and transparently."
In addition, the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport ('DCMS') published, on 28 June 2021, a statement, welcoming the approval of the UK adequacy decisions, which as noted, recognises UK's high data protection standards and allows UK businesses and other organisations to benefit from unrestricted personal data transfers. Furthermore, the statement highlights that the UK Government plans to promote the free flow of personal data globally and across borders, including through ambitious new trade deals and through new data adequacy agreements with some of the fastest growing economies, while ensuring people's data continues to be protected to a high standard.