EU-US Safe Harbor

On December 9, 2021, Ann LaFrance, SPB Senior Partner and Vice President of the International Institute of Communications (“IIC”), moderated a panel discussion involving U.S. and international stakeholders’ perspectives on privacy and data protection trends and  the value of interoperability in cross-border data transfers at the IIC’s (virtual) annual Telecommunications & Media Forum

On 18 October 2017, the European Commission (“Commission”) published its first annual report on the functioning of the US-EU Privacy Shield (“the Report”), the successor to the Safe Harbor framework after its invalidation in Schrems. The Report will be widely welcomed by businesses on both sides of the Atlantic as the Commission continues to back the Privacy Shield. In particular, the finding that the United States continues to ensure an adequate level of protection for personal data transferred from the EU to self-certified organizations in the US under the Privacy Shield sends a positive signal to businesses that rely on transatlantic data flows. This is especially important in light of the ongoing judicial challenges that the Commission’s approved standard contractual clauses, also referred to as model clauses, currently face.
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On October 3, 2017, the Irish High Court issued a judgment in the “Schrems II” case, which raises the issue of whether the EU Commission’s decision approving the EU’s Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) should be invalidated. The Court has decided to refer various issues to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and is seeking comment from the parties involved with regard to the questions that should be raised.
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