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Stronger protection for transatlantic data flows 13/07/2016 The European Commission has adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, a new framework that protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States

Stronger protection for transatlantic data flows

The European Commission has adopted the EU-US Privacy Shield, a new framework that protects the fundamental rights of anyone in the EU whose personal data is transferred to the United States as well as bringing legal clarity for businesses relying on transatlantic data transfers.

The Privacy Shield reflects the requirements set out by the European Court of Justice in its ruling on 6th October 2015, which declared the old Safe Harbour framework to be invalid.

The Privacy Shield is based on the following principles:

  • Strong obligations on companies handling data;
  • Clear safeguards and transparency obligations on US government access;
  • Effective protection of individual rights; and
  • Annual joint review mechanism.

"We have approved the new EU-US Privacy Shield today,” said Andrus Ansip, Commission Vice-President for the Digital Single Market. “It will protect the personal data of our people and provide clarity for businesses. We have worked hard with all our partners in Europe and in the US to get this deal right and to have it done as soon as possible. Data flows between our two continents are essential to our society and economy – we now have a robust framework ensuring these transfers take place in the best and safest conditions."

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