The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals.

The EU Commission announced on 28 June 2021 that adequacy decisions for the UK have been approved. We are in the process of updating our guidance to reflect this decision.


Rules for sharing data with countries outside the EEA will remain similar. At this stage, you don’t need to take any extra steps.

  • The UK government has confirmed that there are transitional provisions to recognise existing EU adequacy decisions and EU-approved transfers safeguards.
  • The UK is committed to maintaining the high standards of the GDPR and the government has incorporated it into UK law (the UK GDPR) alongside the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • • Take stock so that you can identify overseas data acquired before the end of the transition period (known as ‘legacy data’). Data you collected before the end of 2020 about people who were located outside the UK at the end of 2020 will be subject to the EU GDPR as it stood on 31 December (known as the ‘frozen GDPR’). You may use the latest information you have about where people were living, up to 31 December 2020. Personal data acquired since 01 January that is processed on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement (for example if personal data is processed under a provision of EU law that applies in the UK by virtue of the Withdrawal Agreement) is also subject to the frozen GDPR.
  • Make sure you review your privacy information and documentation to identify any minor changes that need to be made now the transition period has ended.
  • Keep everyone up to date with the latest information and guidance.
  • For more information, see our detailed guidance on data protection at the end of the transition period.