Technology Law Dispatch reports the European Commission is reviewing existing adequacy arrangements, including the adequacy of third countries’ data protection laws, and its decisions on EU standard contractual clauses. The decision to examine the adequacy arrangements stems from the CJEU’s ruling to invalidate the Safe Harbor framework following the Schrems case last year. The European Commission used its powers under the EU Data Protection Directive to determine whether third countries’ laws protected data similar to EU law. The “white-listed” countries now under review include Canada, Israel, New Zealand and Switzerland. Two draft amendments presented by the European Commission to the Article 31 Committee look to address previous adequacy decisions not just in the white-listed countries, but also in data transfers using EU Standard Contractual Clauses.
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