Cross-Border Transfers

Transferring personal data outside of the UK or EU? We can help you ensure the safety of information on its travels overseas without the hassle.

When you, as a data controller, need to transfer personal information to a jurisdiction outside of the UK and EU, this engages Article 44of the GDPR – you have to meet certain criteria in order to ensure that the data is sent safely and securely. For most cases, you can rely on an adequacy decision – more on that below – but sometimes this won’t be an available get-out, and you’ll need to consider the SCCs or IDTA. So many acronyms, so little time…

This area of law is constantly evolving, and it can be hard to keep up with all the changes – from GDPR to DPA to Digital InformationBills, whatever will be next, you might wonder. Businesses need to be on top of data protection at all times, especially when commercial agreements and strategy reaches international heights, because regulatory scrutinisation and the risk of fines and investigation is ever-increasing. That’s what we’re here for – we shoulder the burden of your compliance risk so you can focus on growing your business.

What are the rules?

Transfers within the EU

Where transfers of personal data take place within the EU, the GDPR does not impose any additional safeguarding requirements on controllers. It’s important to note, however, that when a controller engages a processor, their relationship must be governed by an agreement (a “DataProcessing Agreement”), subject to minimum criteria set out in the GDPR. The agreement should cover the subject matter and duration of the processing, the nature and purposes of the processing, the type of personal data and categories of data subjects and the obligations and rights of the controller.

Transfers outside of the EU

For non-EU data transfers, organisations will need to verify whether there is an “adequacy decision” of the EU Commission and if not, supplement safeguards using additional guarantees by way of contractual agreement, or rely on an appropriate legal basis exemption.

Who this can affect:

Founders /Directors / CEOs:

Your business shouldn’t be prevented from expanding its success overseas over an easily resolved compliance issue. Get a quick jurisdiction analysis so that you can jet-set your business to exotic destinations without the fuss.

HR People & Culture:

Do you have a policy in place that covers international data transfers? Perhaps it already features in your company’s overall Data Protection procedure, or maybe training is required to get staff up to speed on how all of this works. Either way, we can help with this!

Sales & Marketing:

When discussing and securing potential partnerships with suppliers or customers that are based in jurisdictions outside of the UK and/or EU, it’s important to be aware of the international transfer compliance implications for the business. Get up to speed on the business’ position on data transfer risk assessments (i.e. what adequate safeguards need to be in place) before you seal the deal.

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