UK finalises adequacy decision with South Korea

23/11/2022 | UK Government

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has successfully concluded its adequacy negotiations with South Korea, marking the first adequacy decision reached by the UK since departing the European Union. The DCMS said the decision and its "new freedoms" will benefit "many small and medium-sized businesses who may have avoided international data transfers to Korea due to these burdens." The decision and subsequent legislation were presented to UK Parliament and are expected to take force on 19 December. Information Commissioner John Edwards said: “We are satisfied with the Government’s recognition of similar data protection rights and protection in Korean laws. This will bring certainty to UK businesses and reduce the burden of compliance, while ensuring people’s data is handled responsibly.”

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