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International transfers of personal data to the US for commercial purposes


On 6 October 2015, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that the Commission's adequacy decision on the EU-US Safe Harbour arrangement is invalid. (see judgment pdf)

The Commission's key priorities are now:

  • The protection of personal data transferred across the Atlantic;
  • The continuation of transatlantic data flows with adequate safeguards;
  • And the uniform application of EU law in the internal market.

(See speaking points First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová)

The Commission is working closely with national data protection authorities in the Article 29 Working Party to ensure guidance for business and a uniform implementation of the ruling. (See press release of the Article 29 Working Partypdf)

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