The Article 29 Working Party (WP29), the data protection and privacy advisory body set up under the 1995 European Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC, has issued a statement following the recent European Court of Justice ruling regarding the validity of the US ‘Safe Harbour’ framework.
The statement calls upon all EU Member States and institutions to open discussions with US authorities to urgently find a way forward to enable transfers to the United States that respect the fundamental rights of individuals with regards to their personal information.
WP29 go on to state that they will continue its analysis of the impact of the CJEU judgment on other methods of transferring personal data, and confirm that tools such as the Standard Contractual Clauses and Binding Corporate Rules can still be used.
The full statement can be read by clicking on the link below. The Office of the Information Commissioner will continue to monitor developments and will post any updates on this website as they arise.