UK-US Personal Data Bridge Imminent

The US has taken steps to implement the UK-US “data bridge”, allowing for the free flow of personal data between the countries.

On 18 September 2023, the US Attorney General designated the UK as a “qualifying state” for the purposes of Executive Order 14086 meaning that as soon as the UK regulations implementing the “UK extension” to the existing EU-US Data Privacy Framework come into force, UK organisations will be able to export personal data to the US without the need for more cumbersome transfer mechanisms.

In June, UK Prime Minister, Rishi Sunak, and US President, Joe Biden, publicly announced their commitment to establishing a data bridge between the two countries in order to enable a “robust and reliable mechanism” for data sharing between organisations.

The UK declaring that the US provides an “adequate” level of protection of individual’s personal data will be the final step in making the transatlantic data transfer agreement a reality. This is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

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Madeleine Rhodes