After lengthy consultation, the EU Commission has now decided to suspend data transfer between Great Britain and Europe – for now.
The European Commission has decided that personal data can still be exchanged between Great Britain and Europe. According to the group The UK has an adequate data security standard. However, the EU reserves the right to withdraw travel to the data stream if the UK fails to maintain the prevailing standards in the handling of personal information. In addition, the European Union seeks to ensure that user data from Great Britain is handled in accordance with GDPR. After the British officially left the EU in early 2020, the data transfer rules had to be amended.
The UK government welcomes the EU decision, but notes that it has been a long time coming. Oliver Totten, Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sports commented:
I welcome the release of these draft results, which accurately reflect the UK commitment to high data security standards and pave the way for their proper approval. […] Although the progress of the EU in this area has been slower than we would like, I am pleased to have reached this significant milestone following several months of constructive negotiations in which we have laid our strong data security framework.
The regulation of data flow between the EU and Great Britain will be subject to constant revision over the next four years. In the event of problems, the EU reserves the right to suspend the exchange immediately.