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Global industry statement on the new transatlantic data privacy framework

The undersigned associations welcome the recent EU-US announcement of a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework to strengthen data protection, support responsible data transfers, and enable continued transatlantic commerce. We urge the swift finalisation of a Framework that, as stated by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, “enables predictable and trustworthy data flows between the EU and US, safeguardingprivacy and civil liberties.”

Implementation of a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework is critical to a constructive transatlantic relationship. As set out in the Annex to this letter, ongoing uncertainty relating to data transfers has significant economic repercussions for EU enterprises, exports, jobs, innovation, and SMEs, and undermines the ability to promote high data protection standards.

EU enterprises in all sectors and of all sizes rely on their ability to transfer data responsibly around the world, even more so today as many have moved their businesses online amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Companies transfer personal data to send business emails, process payroll and global workforce data, work with suppliers, and serve customers around the world.

However, the central beneficiaries of a new Framework will be EU and US citizens, who will benefit from strengthened personal data protections as new participant companies adopt the privacy controls required by the program, and as new governmental commitments on access to data are implemented.

We again congratulate and urge the European Union and the United States to swiftly bring the new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework into force.

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Transatlantic industry urge swift agreement on EU-U.S. personal data flows

Joint industry letter addressed to:

Ms. Gina M. Raimondo, U.S. Secretary of Commerce
Mr. Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice

 

We, the undersigned associations, represent a variety of sectors of the transatlantic business community. We welcome and appreciate your ongoing efforts to agree on a new, strengthened EU-U.S. framework for the transfer of personal information across the Atlantic.
We were encouraged by the recent EU-U.S. Summit commitment to “work together to ensure safe, secure, and trusted cross-border data flows that protect consumers and enhance privacy protections, while enabling Transatlantic commerce” and to “strengthen legal certainty in Transatlantic flows of personal data.”[1] At the same time, many were hopeful for further announcements on the progress and timeline for a new data transfer agreement.

This week marks the anniversary of the Court of Justice of the European Union’s judgement which, among other things, invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework. One year on, thousands of EU and U.S. companies continue to be impacted by the resulting legal uncertainty for transatlantic data transfers, restrictive interpretations of the ruling risk triggering additional compliance and operational challenges. They also restrict the opportunities for EU businesses to grow and innovate internationally, rely on the technology and services of their choosing, and to perform routine commercial data transfers.

We urge the U.S. and the EU to swiftly ensure an agreement for secure transatlantic data flows that in turn will strengthen trade, investment, technological cooperation, and reinvigorate the transatlantic partnership. It is the ideal time to forge a new sustainable data transfer framework and we hope to hear from the U.S. government and European Commission on the completion of an agreement soon.

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