Responding to the publication of the Government’s future partnership paper on The exchange and protection of personal data, techUK Deputy CEO, Antony Walker said:
“The Government’s paper suggests that they have listened to the tech sector, and the thousands of businesses across the whole economy who rely on data transfers to serve their businesses and their consumers. Securing the free flow of personal data is a social and economic imperative in the modern world and the Government is right to identify this issue as a fundamental part of any successful Brexit negotiation.
“The proposals set out an aim to secure a Mutual Adequacy agreement, this is the approach that techUK has called for and represents the only reliable mechanism for tackling this problem. It is particularly welcome that the Government goes further in recognising the value of continued engagement of the UK’s Data Protection Regulator, the ICO, with its counterparts across Europe.
“While the Government’s approach appears to be the right one, securing an adequacy agreement will not be easy. It will require difficult and sensitive issues around the UK’s surveillance powers to be discussed between the UK and the EU. The experience of the USA in creating the Privacy Shield shows that these issues can be overcome, but doing so will take time and a commitment on both sides to do the hard work necessary to reach an agreement.”