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Jon Baines on the UK’s data-protection regime for Public Technology

Posted on 20 July 2021

Following news last month that the European Commission has granted data adequacy status to the UK, Senior Data Protection Specialist Jon Baines spoke with Public Technology to discuss the future of the UK’s data-protection regime post-Brexit. 

Allaying fears of a damaging cost to the UK economy, last month’s decision means that data can now flow in both directions between the UK and the EU, ensuring that the legal protection received in this country matches and complies with that of any other nation in the union. 

Commenting on changes to the UK’s data-protection landscape going forwards, Jon explained:  

"There have been a number of developments from the government in terms of policy aspirations which use the type of language that suggests that the UK wants to be ‘innovative’ in how data is used... It is possible that there might be some pushing of the boundaries which might just give European legislators pause for thought." 

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