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EU privacy regulators: Commission ‘could do better’ on Privacy Shield

Peter Sayer | April 14, 2016
Whether the Commission will try remains to be seen.

It has been conducting a study of those mechanisms, binding corporate rules and model contract clauses, since the CJEU overturned the Safe Harbor Agreement in October, but has yet to publish its findings.

That's important, because if the working party were to torpedo all the data transfer mechanisms allowed under the EU's 1995 Data Protection Directive, there would be no legal way for businesses to transfer personal information from the EU to the U.S. That would pose serious problems for multinational businesses or service providers processing payroll for Europeans in the U.S., and could threaten operations for companies such as Google or Facebook, which would have to split their networks into European and non-European segments.

Many companies have switched to the alternative legal mechanisms, and their continued validity is essential if data is to continue to flow across the Atlantic, according to another industry lobby group, DigitalEurope. 


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