JUN 04, 2021 | EUROPEAN UNION | EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA
Global Data Alliance: Updated Standard Contractual Clauses Will Help European Industries and Organizations Maintain Data Connectivity With Their Partners Abroad
BRUSSELS – June 4, 2021 – The Global Data Alliance welcomes today’s adoption of new Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) for data transfers from the European Union. SCCs are a vital legal mechanism used by 90 percent of all companies and organizations that transfer data out of the EU.
“It is our hope that the updated SCCs will enhance certainty and predictability relating to data transfers in commerce and business communications between Europe and the rest of the world,” said Isabelle Roccia, Director, Policy at BSA | The Software Alliance. “All industries—and the customers they serve—benefit greatly from the ability to transfer data across borders in a manner that enhances data protection. Today’s updates to the SCCs are an important step toward this objective.”
The Global Data Alliance strongly supports EU efforts to enhance personal data protection and standards of data governance while also promoting cross-border data transfers. The ability to access technology and transfer data securely across international digital networks is of central importance to any company with international business activities. Cross-border data transfers support many important priorities, including international sales and marketing, transnational research and development, cybersecurity, fraud monitoring and prevention, anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and a broad range of other activities relating to the protection of health, privacy, security, intellectual property, and regulatory compliance. The Global Data Alliance supports the EU’s commitment to creating economic opportunity and advancing these policy objectives through cross-border data transfers.
ABOUT THE GLOBAL DATA ALLIANCE
The Global Data Alliance (globaldataalliance.org) is a cross-industry coalition of companies that are committed to high standards of data responsibility and that rely on the ability to transfer data around the world to innovate and create jobs. The Alliance supports policies that help instill trust in the digital economy while safeguarding the ability to transfer data across borders and refraining from imposing data localization requirements that restrict trade.
Alliance members include BSA members and Abbott, American Express, Amgen, AT&T, Citi, Cortex, ExxonMobil, FedEx, General Motors, LEGO, Lumen, Mastercard, Medtronic, Panasonic, Pfizer, RELX, Roche, UDS Technology, United Airlines, Verizon, and Visa. These companies are headquartered across the globe and are active in the advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, consumer goods, electronics, financial services, health, media and entertainment, natural resources, supply chain, and telecommunications sectors, among others. BSA | The Software Alliance administers the Global Data Alliance.