German DPAs announce immediate investigation on transfers of data to the U.S.

As reported in Ars Technica, German data protection authorities have announced that they will immediately begin investigating data transfers from the EU to the US by companies such as Facebook and Google, and may issue orders for data flows to be halted.  This is in response to the recent decision by the CJEU giving local DPA’s the ability to examine whether data transfers violate EU privacy rules despite compliance with the Safe Harbor.  This could result in a review of the companies’ standard contracts and binding corporate clauses, alternatives to the Safe Harbor that many fear are no longer sufficient to guarantee privacy under EU law.

Thanks to Allyson Haynes Stuart

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