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Europe's data privacy case looms over EU trade ties

Thursday, July 18, 2019


Schrems 2.


Earlier this month, the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU) began hearings on the so-called ‘Schrems 2’ case on the protection of European citizens’ data transferred outside the EU, principally to the United States but also more broadly.


  • Tensions between EU and US data protection policies could be resolved by a US federal privacy law.
  • However, such a law is unlikely to be agreed before the 2020 elections.
  • A Court ruling against Standard Contractual Clauses could jeopardise data transfer links between the EU and the United Kingdom post-Brexit.

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