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JUL 16, 2020 | US | EUROPEAN UNION

EU Court Rules EU-US Data Protection Agreement Invalid

RTE, July 16, 2020

By Tony Connelly

"The Court’s decision to invalidate the US-EU Privacy Shield without hearing argument on the merits of the Shield will be disappointing to many," said Lisa Peets of Covington & Burling, representing the BSA Software Alliance.

"But more positively, the Court has upheld the ability to use the Standard Contractual Clauses for personal data transfers to the United States. This will be a huge relief to companies across Europe.

"Data flows between Europe and the United States are an integral part of the European economy and of the day-to-day lives of millions of European consumers, and the SCCs are the backbone for many of those data transfers."

Ms Peets continued: "As for the Privacy Shield, the European Commission will be highly focused on finding a resolution and will be actively working work with the US Government to identify a path forward.

"In the interim, and pending the response from European data protection authorities, Privacy Shield-certified companies will be seeking alternative ways to transfer personal data from the EU to the US - such as the Clauses."

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Original Posting: https://www.rte.ie/news/2020/0716/1153586-facebook-privacy-courts/

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