The United Kingdom has just made a significant stride in global data flow management by becoming the first nation to attain Associate status in the Global Cross Border Privacy Rules (CBPR) Forum. This move provides an open door for more intimate cooperation on international data flows with key global partners like the US, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, Philippines, Singapore, Australia and Chinese Taipei.
International data transfer plays a pivotal role in global business transactions today. With 93% of UK’s services exports being data-enabled back in 2021, it’s clear that secure and trusted cross-border data flow is quickly becoming an important driver for economic growth. Hence why the UK government focuses on fostering a practical approach to shaping a worldwide system that promotes innovation while guaranteeing personal data security during transfers.
Sir John Whittingdale, Minister for Data and Digital Infrastructure shared his views on this milestone. He emphasized how crucial it was to collaborate with international partners to create solutions that are beneficial for all parties involved while ensuring paramount safety and security of personal data amidst these transfers.
The Global CBPR framework offers a government-backed privacy certification program promoting compliance with internationally recognized privacy protections. It already boasts key players like Apple, IBM and MasterCard as members and aims at providing universal standards for secure cross-border data flow. Since exiting the EU, the UK has used its new legislation – Data Protection and Digital Information Bill – to establish a fresh regime of UK data rights which supports economic growth by easing business burdens while also spurring innovation across different scientific and technological domains.
Source: UK gets new status in global data privacy certification programme