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Law: New EU standard data protection clauses published

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The EU Commission published its new standard data protection clauses for international data transfer in June 2021. They are of particular importance for the data protection-compliant transmission of personal data to recipients outside the EU. With this, the EU Commission is also reacting to the uncertainty resulting from the Schrems II ruling.

The so-called standard data protection clauses issued by the EU Commission enable the transmission of personal data to a recipient outside the EU if they have been contractually agreed between the two.

They are not required for transmission to countries in which, according to a so-called adequacy decision of the EU Commission – as it has just been issued for the United Kingdom – there is an appropriate level of data protection, i.e. comparable to the legal situation in the EU. However, the standard data protection clauses must not replace the justification for data transmission that is still required.

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