US, EU Agree To New Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Rules

Law360, New York (February 2, 2016, 11:45 AM EST) -- The European Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce have reached a deal on a new trans-Atlantic safe harbor data transfer pact, two days after the expiration of a deadline set by Europe's data protection authorities to replace the recently invalidated mechanism, EU officials said Tuesday.

During a press conference in Strasbourg, France, EU Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Vera Jourova confirmed that they have agreed with their U.S. counterparts on a new framework for trans-Atlantic data transfers — which has been dubbed the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield — that will "ensure the right checks and...

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