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Olivier Hoslet/Pool via REUTERS/File PhotoBRUSSELS, June 17 (Reuters) - European Union member states have agreed that British standards for the protection of personal data are sufficently high that such information can continue to flow between the EU and its former member, the European Commission said on Thursday.
The decisions relate to the EU's overarching General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and to a directive on the processing of personal data connected with criminal offences, particularly for victims, witnesses and suspects.
Global software alliance BSA said it welcomed the EU member states' endorsement, commenting that adequacy frameworks were pivotal for personal data transfers of thousands of businesses operating in Europe.
The EU has previously recognised as adequate the data standards of other countries, such as Argentina, Canada, Israel, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland.
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