UK GDPR—transfers of personal data internationally and to international organisations

The following Information Law practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • UK GDPR—transfers of personal data internationally and to international organisations
  • In brief
  • Obligations under the UK GDPR
  • Identifying a transfer that is restricted by Chapter V
  • Is personal data involved?
  • Does the UK GDPR apply?
  • What is the scope of the Chapter V restriction?
  • What is a ‘restricted transfer’ in practice?
  • Other UK or foreign laws restricting transfers of personal data
  • Approach to making restricted transfers
  • More...

UK GDPR—transfers of personal data internationally and to international organisations

This Practice Note provides a more in-depth analysis of international transfers under the United Kingdom General Data Protection Regulation, Retained Regulation (EU) 2016/679 (UK GDPR) than the introductory Practice Note: UK GDPR and EU GDPR—transfers of personal data internationally and to international organisations. If you are unfamiliar with this topic, you may wish to read that Practice Note first.

For more introductory information and background on the UK GDPR, see the Data protection toolkit.

In brief

Data protection law in the UK seeks to ensure information about living individuals (ie within the definition of ‘personal data’) is used fairly and responsibly. To help ensure that, the UK GDPR imposes a large number of obligations on those undertaking or controlling the ‘processing’ of personal data. In summary, ‘processing’ includes doing almost anything with personal data, including storing, sharing, deleting, using or transferring it.

One of the key protections under the UK GDPR is a restriction under its Chapter V on the transfer of personal data to:

  1. any country or territory outside the UK (known as a ‘third country’), or

  2. an organisation and its subordinate bodies governed by public international law or any other body which is set up by, or on the basis of, an agreement between two or more countries (an ‘international organisation’)

This Practice Note refers to such transfers

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