On December 9, 2020, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation held a hearing on the Invalidation of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and the Future of Transatlantic Data Flows. This post reviews the key topics, witnesses and views expressed during the hearing.
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On December 10, 2020, the Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth submitted its response to the European Commission’s invitation for comments on its draft implementing decision on SCCs to be used for the transfer of personal data from a controller or processor subject to the GDPR to a controller or processor not subject to the GDPR.
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On November 26, 2020, the Conference of the German Data Protection Authorities issued a press release with conclusions from their 100th anniversary meeting. The key issues discussed were the implications of Schrems II on German privacy and cybersecurity.
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On November 11, 2020, the European Data Protection Board published its long-awaited recommendations following the Schrems II judgement regarding supplementary measures that may be implemented to ensure the adequate protection of personal data when transferring the data to third countries.
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On October 29, 2020, the non-governmental organization co-founded by privacy activist Max Schrems, None of Your Business, announced it can now file representative actions and claim damages on behalf of consumers for violations of various laws regarding consumer protection (including data protection law) in Belgium.
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On October 13, 2020, France’s highest administrative court issued a summary judgment that rejected a request for the suspension of France’s centralized health data platform, Health Data Hub.
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The Centre for Information Policy Leadership at Hunton Andrews Kurth recently published a concept paper titled “Why We Need Interstate Privacy Rules for the U.S.” This blog entry provides highlights on the paper.
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On September 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Commerce, along with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, released a White Paper entitled Information on U.S. Privacy Safeguards Relevant to SCCs and Other EU Legal Bases for EU-U.S. Data Transfers after Schrems II (the “White Paper”). The White Paper outlines privacy safeguards in and updates to the U.S. surveillance provisions flagged by the Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) in its Schrems II decision. It is intended to serve as a resource for companies transferring personal data from the EU to the U.S. in the wake of the CJEU’s decision overturning the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. Particularly, it focuses on companies relying on Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”) for data transfers, and provides information to help them determine whether the U.S. ensures adequate privacy protections for companies’ data.

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