UK seeks data partnerships with US, Australia, South Korea and others to boost Trade Post Brexit

Britain said on Thursday it is seeking data partnerships with countries like the United States, Australia, South Korea and other fast-growing markets to break barriers and boost trade after Brexit.

Data adequacy partnerships mean that organizations would not have to implement costly compliance measures to share personal data internationally when doing business, the digital ministry said in a statement.

Britain completed its exit from the orbit of the European Union at the end of 2020, giving the government the power to make trade agreements with other nations around the world.

“It means reforming our own data laws so that they are based on common sense, not box control,” said Digital Minister Oliver Dowden.

“And it means having the lead in the information commissioner’s office to pursue a new era of data-driven growth and innovation.”

New Zealand Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has also been named the government’s preferred candidate to be the UK’s next Commissioner of Information.

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