Data Protection: European Commission adopts new adequacy decision for safe and trusted EU-US data flows

After the ECJ invalidated the former EU-US Privacy Shield, businesses who operate cross-border have been waiting to get another EU-US Adequacy decision, which will enable a sound legal basis for cross- Atlantic data flows.


On July 10th, the European Commission adopted its adequacy decision for the EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework. The decision concludes that the United States ensures an adequate level of protection – comparable to that of the European Union – for personal data transferred from the EU to US companies under the new framework. On the basis of the new adequacy decision, personal data can flow safely from the EU to US companies participating in the Framework, without having to put in place additional data protection safeguards.


The EU-U.S. Data Privacy Framework introduces new binding safeguards to address all the concerns raised by the European Court of Justice, including limiting access to EU data by US intelligence services to what is necessary and proportionate, and establishing a Data Protection Review Court (DPRC), to which EU individuals will have access. The new framework introduces significant improvements compared to the mechanism that existed under the Privacy Shield. For example, if the DPRC finds that data was collected in violation of the new safeguards, it will be able to order the deletion of the data. The new safeguards in the area of government access to data will complement the obligations that US companies importing data from EU will have to subscribe to.



Read more here: https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/IP_23_3721



Source: EC Press Corner


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