Privacy & Data Security Law

EU-UK Trade Deal Poses Legal Uncertainty, Privacy Watchdog Says

Feb. 22, 2021, 7:20 PM

The European Union’s Brexit trade deal with the U.K. creates legal uncertainty for personal data protection and risks friction with the bloc’s legislative framework, according to a EU privacy watchdog.

The Monday comment from Wojciech Wiewiórowski, the European Data Protection Supervisor, comes after EU regulators Feb. 19 endorsed the latest data-sharing arrangements with the U.K., following an earlier stopgap solution.

Wiewiórowski took issue with language in the December trade agreement that departs from existing provisions for cross-border data flows and personal data protection. Protecting personal data and privacy rights shouldn’t be up for negotiation, Wiewiórowski said.

“The wording agreed with...

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