European Commission Finds Privacy Shield “Adequate” But Uncertainty Remains

    View Authors July 2016

    Following support from a majority of EU Member States last week, the European Commission moved swiftly to issue an adequacy decision that formally adopts an agreement finalized with the US Department of Commerce in June concerning arrangements to legitimize the transfer of EU personal data (a broadly defined term under the EU rules) to the US. The much anticipated "EU-US Privacy Shield" arrangements will replace the Safe Harbor regime, which was invalidated by the EU Court of Justice (CJEU) in October 2015.