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New UK-Japan trade agreement could be disaster for data protection

One prominent digital-privacy group is warning that a new trade deal between the United Kingdom and Japan could result in an “existential threat” to British data privacy. 

In October, the UK government announced a free-trade deal with Japan. Officials believe that the deal with boost the UK’s economy by £15.2 billion across a period of 15 years. But according to a blog post by London-based Open Rights Group (ORG), the new UK-Japan trade agreement could come at the expense of data-protection regulations.

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