The incoming UK-Japan trade agreement poses new threats to our privacy rights by creating a “gateway” for your data to be transferred with low protections to other countries.
Under new clauses, when your data is transferred to Japan it can be “laundered” and sent to countries with far weaker or voluntary data protection standards like the US, putting your personal data in the hands of unaccountable foreign corporations.
We need to tell Parliament that our privacy is not for sale. Parliament has the power to “freeze” these dangerous provisions without affecting other sections of the treaty.
The vital provision allowing data transfers to the US was hidden as a footnote, rather than openly discussed in a democratic forum. None of this has been explained to MPs, so it’s up to us to tell them!
Your privacy is not a bargaining chip. We must not allow new trade agreements to water down our privacy rights. Parliament must demand answers, and ensure that Government “freezes” these clauses from the trade agreement.