Irish human rights group warns of risks of EU-UK data transfers

The Irish Council for Civil Liberties (ICCL) has written to the European Commission (EC) to warn that frictionless data transfer between the UK and the EU will be impossible after Brexit because of problems with the UK’s privacy watchdog, the ICO.

The ICCL wants the EC to limit EU data transfers to the UK after Brexit due to the ICO’s poor record of protecting data rights. Under the terms of Article 45 of the GDPR, and the political declaration between the UK and EU, the letter warns that an ‘adequacy decision’ for frictionless transfer of data is not possible. This puts GBP 85 billion of UK exports at risk because they rely on EU data, equal to 13 percent of total UK global exports. 

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