EU-US data transfer deal nudges one step closer

Today, EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, and US Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, announced that they are speeding up the negotiations to find a solution to the challenge of EU-US data transfers following the invalidation of the Privacy Shield in 2020.

They said in a statement:

“The US Government and the European Commission have decided to intensify negotiations on an enhanced EU-US Privacy Shield framework to comply with the 16 July 2020 judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Schrems II case.

These negotiations underscore our shared commitment to privacy, data protection and the rule of law and our mutual recognition of the importance of transatlantic data flows to our respective citizens, economies, and societies.

Our partnership on facilitating trusted data flows will support economic recovery after the global pandemic, to the benefit of citizens and businesses on both sides of the Atlantic.”

It is widely thought that an agreement will be adopted this spring.

The UK government is conducting its own separate negotiations with the US administration and they are not dependent on the progress made with the EU, James Snook, Director of Data Policy at the UK Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said yesterday in London at a conference organised by IAPP.

See: European Commission - Joint Press Statement by European Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders and U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo

Further developments will be discussed in depth at PL&B's 35th International Conference in July.