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News | 29/02/2016

European Commission presents EU-U.S. Privacy Shield

The European Commission today issued a Communication taking stock of its work to restore trust in transatlantic data flows since the 2013 surveillance revelations.

The Commission also published a draft "adequacy decision" as well as the texts that will constitute the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. This includes the Privacy Shield Principles companies have to abide by, as well as written commitments by the U.S. Government (to be published in the U.S. Federal Register) on the enforcement of the arrangement, including assurance on the safeguards and limitations concerning access to data by public authorities.

Now, a committee composed of representatives of the Member States will be consulted and the EU Data Protection Authorities (Article 29 Working Party) will give their opinion, before a final decision by the College.

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