Client Alert: EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Adopted

The European Commission Has Adopted and Launched
the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield 

By: Faith Kasparian

client alert skinnyEarlier this week, the European Commission adopted the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield – a new framework for transatlantic data flows.  The European Commission’s Press Release announcing the Shield promises that the new framework “protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States” and brings “legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers.”

The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield replaces the Safe Harbor framework, which previously governed data transfers between the EU and the U.S. until it was declared invalid by the Court of Justice of the European Union on October 6, 2015.  On February 2, 2016, the EU and the U.S. reached political agreement as to the new Privacy Shield.  The European Commission’s “adequacy decision” implementing the Privacy Shield was approved on July 12.  See our prior Alerts on this subject here and here.

Read the full alert which includes the principal elements of the Privacy Shield.

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