Dispatch from Brussels: Some clarification for EU data transfers on the horizon

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One of the major topics this week here in Brussels, Belgium, involve questions around transfers of personal data from the European Union. Several sessions at the IAPP Data Protection Congress 2021 address this increasingly complex and searingly significant business challenge. 

Though many questions will remain beyond this week’s event, some clarifications are on the way. European Commission Head of International Data Flows and Protection Bruno Gencarelli offered a start Wednesday during a conversation with Goodwin Partner Lore Leitner.

Gencarelli said that direct collection of personal data from individuals in the EU “will never be a transfer.” Full stop. He suggested the European Data Protection Board, which is hosting a plenary meeting this week, will make that guidance clear. Relatedly, Gencarelli said to expect a “geographical” rather than a jurisdictional definition of personal data transfers this week.

In the mid term, and more broadly, Gencarelli said the Commission will release a Q&A on standard contractual clauses from stakeholders early in 2022. “We have collected a lot

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