London Partner Andrew Shindler was quoted by Law360 on the likelihood that the European Union will grant adequacy status to the United Kingdom, permitting the data transfers between the two entities to continue without putting additional regulations in place. Following Brexit, the EU and UK struck a trade deal that preserved the free flow of data between the two, an agreement which was recently extended through the middle of 2021. Shindler said he expects adequacy status to be granted by the European Commission in the meantime, skirting a disruption in data transfers between the two entities.
"There are already countries, like Uruguay, New Zealand and Israel, that don't have the same rules as the EU and have an adequacy decision," Shindler said. "If the U.K. can't get an adequacy decision, then who would get one?"
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