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Commission issues guidance on transatlantic data transfers


Today, the Commission has issued guidancepdf(379 kB) on the possibilities of transatlantic data transfers following the Schrems ruling until a new framework is put in place, as announced by First Vice-President Timmermans and Commissioner Jourová announced on the day of the Schrems judgement. The Commission's explanatory communication analyses the consequences of the judgement and sets out the alternative mechanisms for transfers of personal data to the US. The Commission will also continue to work closely with the independent data protection authorities to ensure a uniform application of the ruling.

The European Court of Justice's ruling of 6 October on the Schrems case underlined the importance of the fundamental right to data protection, including where personal data is transferred to third countries. The European Commission has been working since January 2014 to make data transfers safer for European citizens on the basis of 13 recommendations. Following the Court ruling the Commission has stepped up negotiations with the US on a renewed and safe framework on transfer of personal data. The objective of the Commission is to conclude these discussions within three months.