Joint press conference by Andrus Ansip, and Vĕra Jourová, on transatlantic data transfers following the ruling of the Court of Justice of the EU in the case Schrems
On 6 November 2015, Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the EC in charge of Digital Single Market, and Vĕra Jourová, Member of the EC in charge of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, gave a joint press conference on transatlantic data transfers following the ruling dated from the same day of the Court of Justice of the EU in the case Schrems (C-362/14) on Approximation of laws. This ruling underlined the importance of the fundamental right to data protection, including where personal data was transferred to third countries.
The EC had been working since January 2014 to make data transfers safer for European citizens on the basis of 13 recommendations. Following the Court ruling it had stepped up negotiations with the United States on a renewed and safe framework on transfer of personal data. The objective of the European Commission was to conclude these discussions within the three following months.