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Data Protection: UK Relations with EU

Question for Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

UIN 114872, tabled on 12 November 2020

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what plans the Government has to update the explanatory framework for adequacy discussions presented to the EU, following the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and the provisions permitting data flows with Japan and their partners.

Answered on

17 November 2020

The explanatory framework, published in March 2020, was intended to inform adequacy discussions with the European Commission and we have no plans to update it. Data provisions in Free Trade Agreements, including the UK-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), are separate but complementary to the UK's adequacy process and international data protection frameworks. Separately from the CEPA, the UK has preserved the effect of the EU's adequacy decision for Japan on a transitional basis.

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