The European Union and the United States have reached agreement on a new framework for the redirection of data from European citizens to the United States. In 2020, an EU court overturned the original Privacy Shield framework.
The European Union and the United States reported that they had reached an interim agreement on rules regarding transatlantic data flows. “The framework enables reliable and predictable data flows between the European Union and the United States, while protecting privacy and civil rights,” Ursula von der Leyen reportsPresident of the European Commission.
US President Joe Biden said the rules would “reauthorize the transatlantic data flows that facilitate $7.1 billion in economic relations.” The two parties have been working on the agreement in recent months. No details about the new framework have been announced.
In mid-2020, the European Court of Justice ruled that the then-Data-sharing Privacy Shield violated the GDPR. The Court of the European Union has ruled that the transfer of personal data to a third country must be accompanied by adequate data protection, comparable to the guarantees of that GDPR.
US law will not provide adequate protection for personal data, with an express reference to US surveillance programmes. The Court considered the ombudsman appointed by the European Commission insufficient. Since then, companies have had to rely on “standard contractual clauses” when transferring data from European data to the United States.
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