EU and US sign agreement in principle on data exchange

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The European Union (EU) and the United States (US) have reached an agreement in principle on forwarding data from European citizens to America. In the agreement, security and the right to privacy are better guaranteed than under the old regulation. The agreements will be finalized in the coming months.

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, reports this in a press statement.

European Court ends Privacy Shield

Before the start of this issue, we have to go back to the summer of 2020. The European Court of Justice then canceled the Privacy Shield. The document laid down agreements on data exchange between the European mainland and North America. One of the agreements was that the country where the data is stored offers the same level of protection as here in Europe.

That was not the case, according to the judge. The Court found that the storage and security measures in the US were not in line with ours in Europe. Because the principle of proportionality could not be guaranteed, the Privacy Shield could no longer serve as a basis for data exchange with America.

Since then, European and American companies and organizations have had to work with Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) or model contracts. In practice, that hardly happened. Austrian privacy activist Max Schrems sent a total of 101 complaints to national regulators in 30 countries to enforce compliance.

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