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European Commission Adopts Privacy Shield

July 14th, 2016


On 12 July 2016, the European Commission (the “Commission”) formally adopted the ‘Privacy Shield’ framework for transatlantic data transfers from the EU to the US.  The Commission’s decision followed an approval by Member States on 8 July 2016. Privacy Shield replaces the ‘Safe Harbour’ agreement which was invalidated by the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) in the Schrems decision last year.  The relative speed with which the Privacy Shield has been finalised demonstrates the importance of… Read more…

The EU and US agree on new arrangement for trans-Atlantic data flows

February 2nd, 2016


  On 2 February, the European Commission announced that it had reached political agreement with the United States on a new framework for trans-Atlantic data  transfers, following the invalidation of Safe Harbour by the Court of Justice of the European Union (the “CJEU”) in the Schrems case in October 2015. The framework agreement, rebranded the “EU-US Privacy Shield”, was concluded between the EU and US through an “exchange of letters”, and has been approved  by the College of Commissioners.  The… Read more…

Key Points in relation to the return of Schrems Case to the Irish High Court

October 20th, 2015


Today, 20th October, the Schrems case returned for a hearing to the Irish High Court and these are the key points that arose: • Mr Schrems (who was present in Court and had his costs awarded) was keen for the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (“DPC”) to begin its investigation as soon as possible in light of the delay since the case began and the possibility of the DPC delaying pending renegotiation of Safe Harbour; • Hogan J (the presiding Judge… Read more…