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European Commission Conducting Review of all Foreign Data Transfer Deals

Posted November 09, 2017

Under EU Customs Issues, International Trade Issues

(Catherine Stupp – EurActiv)

The European Commission is reviewing the 12 data transfer agreements it has with countries outside the bloc, as part of a scrutiny process that could potentially result in the deals being axed.

A senior Commission official in charge of negotiating those data agreements said that the EU executive has been intensely analysing all 12 of the deals by asking foreign governments for written clarification on their privacy safeguards and by sending experts to visit those countries.

“We are looking at them with the objective of keeping them,” Bruno Gencarelli, the head of a unit on data protection at the Commission’s justice department, said on Wednesday (8 November).

“If possible. But I’m very positive,” he added after a pause. Gencarelli was speaking at a conference organised in Brussels by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Click here to read more.