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International: ITI joint industry letter urges European and US negotiations for successor agreement following Schrems II Case

The Information Technology Industry Council ('ITI') sent, on 30 July 2020, a joint industry letter ('the Letter') to European and US regulators urging them to negotiate a successor agreement to the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield ('the Privacy Shield'), following its invalidation by the Court of Justice of the European Union's ('CJEU') judgment in Data Protection Commissioner v. Facebook Ireland Limited, Maximillian Schrems (C-311/18) ('the Schrems II Case'). In particular, the Letter welcomes the CJEU's upholding of Standard Contractual Clauses ('SCCs') as a valid transfer mechanism, and goes on to encourage the US and EU governments to work together to ensure that companies can fully and safely rely on data transfer mechanisms, as well as to ensure the long-term viability of SCCs in order to avoid legal uncertainty and economic harm. In addition, the Letter notes the importance of EU data protection authorities providing guidance to companies that were using Privacy Shield to transfer data in order to allow them to continue business operations until a successor agreement is reached. 

You can read the press release here and the Letter here.