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EU set to drop data security threat

New reports are claiming that the EU is poised to lift a threat to shut off the flow of vital security and business data because of Brexit.

In what is being seen as a major boost for Prime Minister Boris Johnson, the ‘data adequacy’ decision is expected to be granted by Brussels within days, with a European Commission spokesperson stating that talks ‘are well advanced and the adoption process is foreseen to start very soon’.

This is despite concerns that past legal judgements against the UK’s data protection rules jeopardised the decision. A draft seen by the Financial Times claims that the arrangement will be re-examined every four years to check that UK rules do not endanger the privacy of EU citizens.

The green light is expected to aid law enforcement co-operation, which has been damaged by the UK losing access to the giant SIS II police database and the European Arrest Warrant system.

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