U.K. Digital Minister Margot James said data-sharing negotiations between the United Kingdom and European Union have yet to begin, EURACTIV reports. James told U.K. members of Parliament the European Commission “has not indicated that it is yet ready to start such discussions” as the country works to create an agreement to handle data transfers post-Brexit. James is “optimistic” an adequacy decision will be reached in the 21-month transition period set to kick off when the U.K. leaves the EU in March. James’ statement comes after it was reported U.K. government officials drew up a paper before the summer on the potential negative implications should the two sides fail to reach a Brexit data deal.
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