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UK government authorises Guernsey data transfers

UK government authorises Guernsey data transfers


The first law enforcement data adequacy decision since leaving the EU enables personal data to be transferred from UK law enforcement to authorities in Guernsey.

A government press release says this data adequacy decision will help Guernsey to prevent crime and bring perpetrators to justice. It will also provide UK authorities greater certainty and confidence in the regulatory landscape of Guernsey.

A law enforcement data adequacy decision is when the government determines a country, organisation or sector has the necessary data protection and privacy standards needed to safeguard UK personal data, enabling the transfer of personal data without the need for further safeguards or specific authorisation. This decision involves completing a full assessment of the country’s law enforcement data protection legislation, working alongside the Information Commissioner’s Office.

By finding the Bailiwick of Guernsey data adequate, the UK government has concluded that Guernsey has strong privacy laws in place which will protect data transfers to Guernsey while upholding the rights and protections of UK citizens.

This is the first law enforcement data adequacy decision made by the UK government since leaving the EU. The UK government is also progressing law enforcement data adequacy assessments of the Bailiwick of Jersey and the Isle of Man, with the aim of concluding these assessments in the near future. The UK already recognises both jurisdictions’ EU adequacy decision under the country's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)>