The UK Secretary of State for Science, Innovation, and Technology, Rt Hon Michelle Donelan MP, has announced the establishment of the UK-US Data Bridge (the “Bridge”), a significant development in UK-US data transfers.
The Bridge, also known as the UK Extension to the EU-US Data Privacy Framework, ensures a seamless flow of personal data between the UK and the US while upholding the highest privacy standards.
Think of a ‘data bridge‘ as a green light, the recognition that the level of data protection offered by the country of destination, the US in this specific case, is ‘adequate‘. In other words, data can safely flow to that country, without further measures being required, as it offers a sufficient level of protection, comparable to that of the UK.
The establishment of the Bridge embodies the UK’s dedication to nurturing global ties.
The Bridge is designed with the rigorous standards of UK GDPR at its heart and its benefits range from boosting business growth and pivotal research to spurring innovation and enhancing consumer services.
The establishment of the Bridge stands as a testament to the unwavering commitment to UK GDPR standards.
As US entities come under the Bridge, they are now required to adhere to UK GDPR’s stringent norms. While this bridge paves the way for more streamlined data transfers, UK companies remain tethered to domestic data protection regulations, guaranteeing unparalleled protection for individuals’ personal data.
This UK-US data bridge fosters a stronger relationship between the two nations while ensuring that individual privacy and data protection standards remain uncompromised.