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International: EU and US reach agreement in principle for new Trans-Atlantic Data Transfer Framework

The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, announced in a statement alongside U.S. President Joe Biden, on 25 March 2022, that the EU and the US had found an 'agreement in principle' on a new Trans-Atlantic Data Privacy Framework. In particular, von der Leyen highlighted that the new framework will enable predictable and trustworthy data flows between the EU and US, safeguarding privacy and civil liberties.

In addition, the EU Commissioner for Justice, Didier Reynders, and U.S. Secretary of Commerce, Gina Raimondo, announced, on 25 March 2022, that the US Government and the European Commission had decided to intensify negotiations on an enhanced EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework, to comply with the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-311/18) ('the Schrems II Case').

You can read the statement issued by von der Leyen here, the statement issued by Raimondo and Reynders here, and the U.S. White House press release here.