Schrems II: Ten Initial Steps and Where U.S.-E.U. Data Transfers Are Heading After the EDPB Guidance

The European Court of Justice’s July 16, 2020, landmark judgment in Schrems II invalidated the Privacy Shield and found standard contractual clauses valid in principle, affecting data transfers for tens of thousands of companies around the world. This article provided practical advice on steps companies can take now to maintain international business relationships by ensuring that their data transfers comply with the GDPR and this recent decision. Responding to the cry for clarity that emerged after the decision, the European Data Protection Board quickly addressed businesses’ most urgent concerns by answering frequently asked questions. In a guest article, Alston & Bird Brussels office partner Wim Nauwelaerts analyzed the EDPB’s FAQs and discussed what lies ahead for businesses that want to continue transferring data from the E.U. to the U.S.

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