EU, UK mulling interim data flows solution post-Brexit

The EU is assessing the UK’s data protection regime.

With time running out for the EU to grant the U.K.'s data protection regime a stamp of approval before the Brexit transition period ends, officials are considering options to keep personal data flowing across the Channel, according to two individuals familiar with the talks.

The European Commission needs to deem the British data protection regime "adequate" in order to keep data flowing legally across the Channel. But any decision would need sign-off from EU governments, MEPs and the bloc's data protection regulators, which looks unlikely — if not impossible — before year-end.

To avoid a cliff edge, negotiators in London and Brussels are working on an interim solution. One option on the table is to temporarily wrap data flows up into the wider trade deal — for a period no longer than six months — to allow more time to make the adequacy assessment, according to one official close to the talks.

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