Welcome to the April Global Data & Privacy Update. This update is dedicated to covering all the latest legislative developments affecting the way data is managed and protected, as well as reporting on the most recent news in breaches and industry developments of the previous month.
The European Commission release EU-US Privacy Shield legal texts
On 29 February 2016, following two years of negotiations with the US Department of Commerce, the European Commission published the EU-US Privacy Shield legal texts along with a draft adequacy decision. It is intended to replace the Safe Harbour scheme, which was held to be invalid by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) in the Schrems decision in October 2015, by facilitating transatlantic personal data flows whilst ensuring adequate protection for EU citizens.
The Privacy Shield is a self-certification scheme by which US organisations commit to a set of seven privacy principles: