European Union - United States Privacy Shield

Video | July 15, 2016

The framework establishes a transparent and workable mechanism for the transfer of personal data from the European Economic Area to the United States by organizations in connection with business activities.

The Privacy Shield is built on privacy and information security requirements that companies must follow to enable the cross-border transfer of personal data. The framework is a descendant of the US-EU Safe Harbor, which the Court of Justices for the European Union invalidated in the 2015 Schrems decision. Compared to the Safe Harbor, the Privacy Shield requirements are more robust and require significant documentation, and will require additional effort by organizations to ensure ongoing compliance.

The adoption of the Privacy Shield is a welcome development for the business community, but the framework is likely to face legal challenges in Europe.

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Contacts

Jay Modrall

Jay Modrall

Brussels