Credit Reference Agencies: Republic of Ireland

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 26th November 2021.

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Photo of Claire Hanna Claire Hanna Social Democratic and Labour Party, Belfast South

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, what discussions she has had with his Irish counterpart to help facilitate a reciprocal data sharing arrangement for Credit Reference Agencies between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Photo of Julia Lopez Julia Lopez Parliamentary Secretary (Cabinet Office), Minister of State

UK and Irish Credit Reference Agencies are able to exchange personal data under currently existing arrangements where required to do so. The UK has already legislated to deem EEA countries as adequate, on a transitional basis, which means personal data can flow freely from the UK to the EEA. The EU adopted data adequacy decisions for the UK in June 2021 which means personal data can flow freely from the EEA to the UK.

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