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EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Invalidated by European Court of Justice
Standard Contractual Clauses Upheld but Transfers Subject to Enhanced Scrutiny

On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) issued its judgment in the so-called “Schrems II” case (click here for the decision and here for the accompanying press release). The Court concludes that (i) the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield program (“Privacy Shield”) does not provide adequate safeguards and the European Commission’s adequacy decision which facilitates the ability of participating companies to transfer personal data from the European Union (EU) to the United States is invalid; and (ii) Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) remain a valid mechanism for such transfers, although a case-by-case evaluation of their sufficiency may be required by local data protection authorities as well as controllers and processors. More >

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