OCT 02, 2017 | IRELAND
Irish High Court Refers Data Protection Commissioner v. Schrems and Facebook's Case to the CJEU
BRUSSELS, 3 October 2017 - Earlier today the Irish High Court handed down its decision on the "Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited & Maximilian Schrems" case and decided to refer it to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).
Commenting on the Irish High Court's decision to refer the case to the Court of Justice of the European Union, Thomas Boué, Director-General, Policy - EMEA said: "In BSA's amicus brief, as well as in court, we demonstrated the importance of standard contractual clauses (SCCs) as a basis for data transfers that are essential to the economy and job creation on both sides of the Atlantic. We have argued that this case should not be about standard contractual clauses in their entirety, but instead about how the clauses were formulated and used for the specific transfers involved here. We also explained that the SCCs include important safeguards to protect users -- among them, they grant national data protection authorities the power to review specific implementation of these clauses on a case by case basis. We will continue to advocate these perspectives before the Court of Justice of the EU."
Standard contractual clauses are paramount for the ability of companies across Europe to transfer data outside of the EEA. They provide the legal foundation for millions of daily data transfers not only to the United States but also to many other countries such as Brazil or Japan.
The proceedings, which were commenced by the Irish Data Protection Commissioner Helen Dixon in May 2016, seek a reference to the CJEU concerning the validity of standard contractual clauses. BSA | The Software Alliance was granted the status of amicus curiae, or friend of the court, in July 2016.
소프트웨어 연합(BSA | The Software Alliance, 이하 BSA)(www.bsa.org)은 각국 정부를 대상으로 세계 시장에서 전 세계 소프트웨어 업계를 대변하고 옹호하는 선도적 연합체입니다. 세계의 가장 혁신적 기업들이 회원사로 참여하며 경제에 활기를 불어 넣고 현대의 생활을 향상시키는 소프트웨어 솔루션을 만들어 내고 있습니다.
워싱턴 DC에 본부를 두고, 30개국이 넘는 국가들에서 운영되는 BSA는, 합법적 소프트웨어 사용을 증진시키고 기술 혁신을 촉진하며 디지털 경제의 성장을 추진하는 공공 정책을 지지하는 준법 프로그램들을 선도합니다.