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EDPB issues statement on EU-US new international data transfer arrangements for an ‘enhanced’ Privacy Shield framework
On 7 April, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) adopted a statement on the announcement of a new international data transfer agreement between the EU and the US (the Statement). With its Statement, the EDPB welcomes the commitments made by the US to establish ‘unprecedented’ measures to “protect the privacy and personal data of individuals in the European Economic Area (EEA) when their data are transferred to the US” as a positive first step in the right direction.
European Commission unveils proposal for new Data Act
On 23 February 2022, the European Commission presented its Proposal for a Regulation on harmonised rules on fair access to and use of data (the Data Act). The Data Act is intended to maximise the value of data in the European Union economy “by ensuring that a wide range of stakeholders gain control over their data and that more data is available for innovative use”.
EU and US agree on new international data transfer arrangements for an ‘enhanced’ Privacy Shield framework
On 25 March 2022, in a joint press conference, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and US President Joe Biden announced their ‘in principle’ agreement on a new framework to govern transatlantic data transfers between the EU and the US, intended to replace the previous EU-US Privacy Shield framework and referred to commonly as ‘Privacy Shield 2.0’.
EU agrees on Data Governance Act
On 30 November 2021, the European Commission issued a press release welcoming the political agreement reached between the European Parliament and EU Member States on a European Data Governance Act, proposed to be adopted as a Regulation.
EDPS opines on European Commission’s AML legislative package
On 22 September 2021, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) published its opinion on the European Commission’s proposed Anti-Money Laundering (AML) legislative package (Opinion).
European Data Protection Board adopts guidelines on concepts of controller and processor under the GDPR
On 7 July 2021, the European Commission adopted version 2.0 of Guidelines 07/2020 on the concepts of controller and processor in the GDPR (Guidelines). The Guidelines were previously released for consultation in September 2020.
EU Commission adopts adequacy decisions for the UK in data protection
On 28 June 2021, the European Commission adopted two adequacy decisions relating to the protection of personal data by the United Kingdom (UK), one in relation to the EU General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR) and the other in relation to the EU Law Enforcement Directive 2016/680.
EDPB adopts recommendations on Supplementary Measures following Schrems II
On 11 November 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) during its 41st plenary session, adopted recommendations on measures that supplement transfer tools to ensure compliance with the level of protection of personal data required under EU law (Recommendations on Supplementary Measures), as well as recommendations on the European Essential Guarantees for surveillance measures (Recommendations on Essential Guarantees).
European Commission issues draft Implementing Decision on new standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to third countries
On 12 November 2020, the European Commission published a draft Implementing Decision (Draft Implementing Decision) on new Standard Contractual Clauses (New SCCs) for the transfer of personal data to third countries pursuant to the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU 2016/679) (GDPR).
EDPB adopts recommendations on European Essential Guarantees following Schrems II
On 11 November 2020, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) during its 41st plenary session, adopted recommendations on measures that supplement transfer tools to ensure compliance with the level of protection of personal data required under EU law (Recommendations on Supplementary Measures), as well as recommendations on the European Essential Guarantees for surveillance measures (Recommendations on Essential Guarantees).
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