UK-U.S. Data Transfers: Post-Brexit Update for Privacy Shield Businesses
Feb 1, 2020 by BBB National Programs
As of February 1, 2020, the United Kingdom is no longer part of the European Union. However, under the terms of the final withdrawal agreement, EU law will remain in effect for the UK through the end of the calendar year. No change to your existing Privacy Shield statement will be required until this transition period ends. As the U.S. Department of Commerce guidance states, “the United States will consider a Privacy Shield participant’s commitments to comply with the Framework to include personal data received from the UK in reliance on Privacy Shield with no additional action on the part of a participant required.”
If you prefer not to update your notice early, the final deadline for doing so is currently December 31, 2020.
- If you transfer human resources data under Privacy Shield, it will be good practice to update your statement about cooperating with the DPA Panel to include reference to cooperating with the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. That said, the Department of Commerce guidance makes clear that, after December 31st, the existing statement in your privacy notice referencing the DPA panel will be understood to also commit you to cooperating with the UK authority.
EU-UK data transfers. A related issue for many businesses to consider is the question of the future arrangement for personal data transfers between the EU and the UK. You can find reporting on this issue in this recent article from the New Statesman, “Brexit isn’t done: what’s next for data?” More detailed legal analyses are also available from DLA Piper, Kingsley Napley, and the UK Information Commissioner’s Office. As part of a statement released on February 3, 2020, the UK Prime Minister’s office reaffirmed its position that “the UK would see the EU’s assessment processes on … data adequacy as technical and confirmatory of the reality that the UK will be operating exactly the same regulatory frameworks as the EU at the point of exit.”
Further questions? Existing participants should free to reach out to us. If you don’t yet use BBB EU Privacy Shield as your IRM, join us today.