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The End of the Privacy Shield?

If the U.S. cannot come to an understanding with the European Parliament by September 1, companies that already participate in Privacy Shield may find themselves in limbo. But there are options.


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U.S. relations with the European Union took another hit earlier this month, when the European Parliament (EP) voted to suspend Privacy Shield, the agreement between the U.S. and the EU that allows companies to transfer the personal information of EU citizens out of the EU to U.S. companies that have promised to adhere to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Between the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica scandal, the passage of the CLOUD Act, and the Russian hack (sorry–alleged Russian hack) of the 2016 election, the EP felt that Privacy Shield did not provide an adequate level of protection for EU citizens. The U.S. has until September 1 to become compliant.

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