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First annual report on EU-U.S. Privacy Shield is out

Jaclyn Jaeger | October 24, 2017

The European Commission on 18 October 2017 published its first annual report on the functioning of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield, the aim of which is to protect the personal data of EU citizens when that data is transferred to the United States for commercial purposes.

The Privacy Shield includes obligations for U.S. companies receiving personal data from the EU, as well as obligations for the U.S. government if it subsequently requests access to this personal data for national security or law enforcement reasons. The arrangement also gives EU individuals the right to lodge a complaint if they think that their personal data is not being properly protected.

To prepare for the first annual review, the Commission gathered information and feedback on the implementation and functioning of the Privacy Shield framework from all relevant stakeholders, including from...

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