EC sets new tools to ease GDPR implementation

Photo: EPA Vera Jourova

The European Commission announced it had adopted two sets of standard contractual clauses, one for use between controllers and processors and one for the transfer of personal data to third countries. They are in line with the new requirements under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and take into account the Schrems II judgement of the Court of Justice, securing a high level of data protection for citizens.

These new tools will offer more legal predictability to European businesses and help, in particular, small and medium enterprises to ensure compliance with requirements for safe data transfers, while allowing data to circulate freely across borders, without legal barriers. Vice-President for Values and Transparency,Vera Jourova said: “In Europe, we want to remain open and allow data to flow, provided that the protection flows with it. The modernised Standard Contractual Clauses will help to achieve this objective: they offer businesses a useful tool to ensure they comply with data protection laws, both for their activities within the EU and for international transfers. This is a needed solution in the interconnected digital world where transferring data takes a click or two.” Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, said: “In our modern digital world, it is important that data can be shared with the necessary protection - inside and outside the EU. With these reinforced clauses, we are giving more safety and legal certainty to companies for data transfers. After the Schrems II ruling, it was our duty and priority to come up with user-friendly tools, which companies can fully rely on. This package will significantly help companies to comply with the GDPR.”

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