On November 10, 2020, Hunton Andrews Kurth will host a webinar examining the data protection considerations that arise on the UK’s departure from the EU. The UK’s Brexit transition period ends on December 31, 2020, and it is not clear whether the EU will formally recognize the UK’s data protection regime as ‘adequate.’ What does this mean for companies’ plans to update their data transfer mechanisms? Is adequacy the holy grail it is widely believed to be? What other issues must be considered? Is there still time?

Continue Reading Webinar on Brexit and Adequacy: Separating Fact from Fiction

On July 22, 2020, the European Data Protection Board adopted an information note to assist organizations relying on Binding Corporate Rules for international personal data transfers, as well as supervisory authorities, in preparing for the end of the Brexit implementation period on December 31, 2020.
Continue Reading EDPB Adopts Information Note on BCRs in Preparation for Brexit

On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued its landmark judgment in the Schrems II case, concluding that the Standard Contractual Clauses issued by the European Commission for the transfer of personal data to data processors established outside of the EU are valid. Unexpectedly, the Court invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework.
Continue Reading BREAKING: Unexpected Outcome of Schrems II Case: CJEU Invalidates EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework but Standard Contractual Clauses Remain Valid

In a case that has garnered widespread interest, the Court of Justice of the European Union will deliver its judgement in the Schrems II case (case C-311/18) on July 16, 2020, determining the validity of the controller-to-processor Standard Contractual Clauses as a cross-border data transfer mechanism under the GDPR.
Continue Reading CJEU’s Judgment on Validity of EU Standard Contractual Clauses Due July 16, 2020

On July 9, 2020, the European Commission adopted a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions aimed to help national authorities, businesses and citizens prepare for the end of the Brexit transition period on December 31, 2020.
Continue Reading European Commission Adopts Communication on Brexit Readiness

At its plenary meeting on February 13, 2019, in Brussels, the European Data Protection Board (“EDPB”) adopted an Information Note on Data Transfers under the GDPR in the Event of a No-Deal Brexit, and an Information Note on BCRs for Companies Which Have ICO as BCR Lead Supervisory Authority.

Continue Reading EDPB Reiterates the Need to Address Post-Brexit Data Transfers, Including BCRs