The leading software developer advocate joins a global industry coalition expressing concern regarding the looming EU-UK data flow interruption.
Brussels, May 11, 2021 – The Developers Alliance has joined with fifteen other technology associations in issuing a joint statement signalling their disappointment in the negative vote on the draft EU-UK adequacy decisions in the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee (LIBE Committee) on May 10.
The vote also signals a potential loss of EU-UK data flows when the relevant transitory provisions of the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement expires at the end of June. Additionally, the organisations question the success of ongoing and future adequacy decisions, including negotiations for an EU-US Privacy Shield successor agreement.
Below are available key quotes from the joint statement.
“…the undersigned organisations respectfully urge the European Parliament to recognise the high standard of the UK’s data protection regime, as well as the impressive work done by the European Commission, the European Data Protection Board, and the Member States in striving for a timely adoption of the draft adequacy decisions by the end of May.”
“The negative consequences of an interruption in data flows would be substantial to businesses in the UK and EU, given the EU remains the UK’s main trading partner and EU exports to the UK in 2019 alone amounted to approximately €430 billion.”
The following can be attributed to Karina Stan, Director of EU Policy and Head of Brussels Office.
“As the UK data protection regime is entirely based on the GDPR, the EU should naturally adopt the adequacy decisions. We urge the EU policymakers to avoid the disruption of EU-UK data flows, which are critical for many businesses, including those of software developers.”