01 Jul 2016

PRESS RELEASE - Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) welcomes Privacy Shield progress and encourages official adoption

PRESS RELEASE - Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) welcomes Privacy Shield progress and encourages official adoption

Cross-border data flows play a critical role in the modern economy and continue to create jobs and economic growth on both sides of the Atlantic. In today’s global economy, European companies rely on such a continuous cross-border flow of information in order to manage operations efficiently and deliver innovative products and services that users enjoy daily around the world.

The Industry Coalition for Data Protection (ICDP) therefore welcomes the presentation of an updated draft EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Adequacy Decision from the European Commission to Member States as a strong sign of common political commitment to strengthen trans-Atlantic cross-border data flows and provide legal certainty for EU businesses. Once adopted, the Privacy Shield will ensure that data flowing from Europe to the United States is subject to new and strengthened privacy standards which provide a significantly improved framework over the invalidated Safe Harbour agreement. To promote business and to protect consumers, we encourage Member States to support and vote for adoption of the Privacy Shield.

The current legal and business uncertainty creates substantial challenges for our industries. In contrast, the Privacy Shield delivers improvements that meet the requirements set out by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU). These include additional assurances limiting bulk collection of data, improved legal redress mechanisms for EU citizens and a newly established independent Ombudsperson with responsibility to investigate complaints related to government access to data. The framework also includes new and enhanced commercial obligations on companies related to data retention and onward transfer to third parties.

We believe the Privacy Shield offers economic and privacy-related benefits for business and consumers across Europe. We urge you to support its rapid adoption, and help provide the legal certainly that businesses in Europe require to succeed.

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