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UK and US look to shape a new ‘global data ecosystem’


By Hannah Bowler, Senior reporter

December 9, 2021 | 2 min read

The UK and US have set out their ambition to shape a new ‘global data ecosystem’ based on cross-border data sharing.


UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries met with US commerce secretary Gina M Raimondo

Yesterday UK culture secretary Nadine Dorries met with US commerce secretary Gina M Raimondo to discuss bilateral data flows, supply chains and tariffs.

The pair issued a joint statement declaring to work together on a global solution to combat the “negative trends that risk closing off international data flows.”

The statement said: “We seek to shape a global data ecosystem in a manner that promotes and advances interoperability between different data protection frameworks, facilitating cross-border data flows while maintaining high standards of data protection and trust.

“We are committed to open and inclusive engagement with international partners, industry, civil society and consumer and privacy rights groups.”

The two ministers agreed to deepen the UK-US partnership on data and their adequacy decision, the status that guarantees high standards of protection for data so it can be freely transferred between two countries.

The statement went on to say: “Our rich and shared histories, traditions and commitment to high privacy standards [that] predate the advent of digital technologies continue today, and will continue and evolve through future technological innovation. We look forward to continuing to build on our partnership in early 2022.”

The UK is increasingly looking to the US as its partner to shape its post-Brexit data regulation overhaul.

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