Schrems II & Data Transfers – Decision & Impact on SMEs

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DIGITAL SME, together with organised a workshop on Schrems II case and data transfers on 30 June, 10.30 – 12.00 CEST, to discuss the decision and its implications on SMEs.

In July 2020, the EU Court of Justice struck down the EU-US Privacy Shield, a major agreement governing the transfer of EU citizens’ data to the United States. The case (C-311/18), referred to as ‘Schrems II’, after the Austrian activist Max Schrems, who brought the case forward, assessed whether the mechanism used by Facebook Ireland to share European data with Facebook Inc (domiciled in the US) – Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) – was in violation of European citizens’ rights to privacy.

The European Court of Justice ruled that while SCC’s can be a legitimate means to transfer data, the EU-US Privacy Shield was not a satisfactory framework to protect the rights of individuals, and therefore was invalid.
In the wake of this decision, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) has developed Recommendations to ensure compliance with the EU level of protection of personal data when transferring data to third countries.

During the workshop, the Recommendations from the European Data Protection Board will be presented. We will also explain the legal decision and discuss solutions that SMEs could deploy to ensure that data transfers are secure. This will then be linked to the wider political context of the EU Digital Decade targets and Strategic Autonomy as these decisions affect both citizens and companies.

Re-watch here: Schrems II ICT Legal Consulting Powerpoint slides


10.30 – 10.40 Welcome by DIGITAL SME

Annika Linck

10.40 – 11.30 Panel discussion

Ignacio Gomez Navarro, EDBP

Paolo Balboni, ICT Legal

Laura Senatore, ICT Legal

Davide Giribaldi, Encyberisk/ASSINTEL

Cécile Faverdin, Legitimis GmbH

11.30 – 12.00 Q&A session


Join us on 30 June to be part of the discussion! There are two ways in which you can participate:

1) Register below and join the webinar to get a chance to ask your questions in person and interact with the experts!

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