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Transfers of Personal Data to the US: Does the Schrems Judgment Spell the Demise of Safe Harbor?

12/10/2015

The ECJ has found that the European Commission decision giving rise to the regime which allows the lawful transfer of personal data from EU countries to US companies with 'Safe Harbor' status is invalid.This landmark judgment will have a significant impact on data controllers transferring personal data to Safe Harbor companies, who must now review those arrangements and consider the alternatives. Emma Godding explains the judgment and the potential practical implications.

By Emma Godding

Commission to review Freedom of Information law

20/07/2015

The Cabinet Office has announced that it is launching a review of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.The independent Commission will "consider whether there is an appropriate public interest balance between transparency, accountability and the need for sensitive information to have robust protection, and whether the operation of the Act adequately recognises the need for a ‘safe space’ for policy development and implementation and frank advice".

By Emma Godding

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