Oliver Dowden – 2021 Comments on European Commission’s Draft Data Adequacy Decisions

The comments made by Oliver Dowden, the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, on 19 February 2021.

I welcome the publication of these draft decisions which rightly reflect the UK’s commitment to high data protection standards and pave the way for their formal approval.

Although the EU’s progress in this area has been slower than we would have wished, I am glad we have now reached this significant milestone following months of constructive talks in which we have set out our robust data protection framework.

I now urge the EU to fulfil their commitment to complete the technical approval process promptly, so businesses and organisations on both sides can seize the clear benefits.