EU - US Privacy Bridge Project Announced

Author:Ms Cynthia O'Donoghue, Katalina Chin and Matthew N. Peters
Profession:Reed Smith

On 2 May, Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) Chairman Jacob Kohnstamm announced a new Privacy Bridge Project between the U.S. and the EU at the IAPP Data Protection Intensive. In his announcement, Kohnstamm highlighted the need for these two privacy regimes to find common ground, and to abandon the age-old position that 'interoperability' will only be achieved when one regime has made wholesale changes to its privacy laws.

This announcement follows a period of strained relations between the U.S. and EU on the subject of privacy. With the threat of suspension hanging over Safe Harbor (should the EU Commission's proposals to strengthen the framework fail) this announcement offers a new avenue of dialogue, which focuses on compromise and the need 'to find practical, maybe technological solutions' to the differences between the U.S. and EU regimes.

The project team will be made up of around 20 experts from both sides of the Atlantic, and led by the CSAIL...

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