‘India-UK trade pact needs data accord’

What is the news?

According to the managing director of the UK India Business Council (UKIBC), the India-UK free-trade agreement should include a Data Adequacy Agreement.

What is a Data Adequacy Agreement?

Data Adequacy Agreement facilitates the cross-border movement of personal data based on mutual adequacy.

Note: Adequacy means that the country or territory in question is considered to have high data protection standards.
Has the UK signed a Data Adequacy Agreement with any other country or Union?

The UK has entered into a data adequacy agreement with the European Union post-Brexit. 

The agreement allows personal data to flow freely from the EU and wider European Economic Area (EEA) to the UK. 

As a result, businesses and organisations in the UK can continue to receive personal data from the EU and EEA without having to put additional arrangements in place with European counterparts.

This in turn supports trade, innovation, investment and assists with law enforcement agencies tackling crime.

Source: This post is based on the article ‘‘India-UK trade pact needs data accord’’ published in Livemint on 18th January 2022.

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