BRUSSELS – Today, global tech trade association ITI issued the following comment from Vice President and Director General for Europe Guido Lobrano on the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee vote on the draft EU-UK adequacy decisions:
"We respectfully but profoundly disagree with the LIBE Committee conclusions today – we believe the high standard of the United Kingdom’s data protection regime – being based on the UK’s implementation of the GDPR – is evident and is beyond any doubt essentially equivalent to the EU’s.
"We respectfully urge the European Parliament to express clear support for the draft adequacy decisions on 20 May and endorse the impressive work made by the European Commission and European Data Protection Board. As the EU is the UK's main trading partner and EU exports to the UK in 2019 alone amounted to approximately €431 billion, strengthening confidence in EU-UK transfers is important. Further, a successful EU-UK process will serve as a benchmark for other ongoing and future adequacy decisions, including negotiations for a EU-US Privacy Shield successor agreement. The Parliament has the opportunity to send an important political signal to businesses on both sides that data EU-UK flows are not in question."